Other State Winchester found leaning against tree goes on exhibit

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Somebody said it had a stock that had been crudely repaired and was missing an internal part that made it a single shot weapon only. That is typical of rifles acquired and used by native Americans in the 19th century. Rawhide stock repairs and shade tree gunsmithing were pretty standard for such weapons. Makes you wonder about its history. Its owner could have died right next to it, and after 137 years there would be no evidence.
 
So here's a picture of the X-ray showing the bullet in the stock. It's actually a complete cartridge. So how did that get into the stock?

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Some Winchester 1873 rifles have a trap / compartment for cleaning rods...maybe the cartridge was put in there...?
Andy

I’m going to stick with my initial thought and go with it having been probed by space aliens... after all, Roswell NM isn’t THAT far from where it was found.
 

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