Rifle Identification.

Frank Homes

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Help needed identifying this firearm. It comes with a bayonet marked WD with crown and 45. Thanks in advance.
 

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SpikeD

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It looks like a Ward Burton rifle in .50-70 the first bolt action to be tested by the US military but it was ahead of its time for the troops and after numerous accidental discharges was dropped. Forgotten weapons did a video on it a while back
 

paul o'

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See the source image
very good post but this is the SPRINGFEILD MOD 1871 from what i'v found so far .
 

Dalua

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It looks like a Ward Burton rifle in .50-70 the first bolt action to be tested by the US military but it was ahead of its time for the troops and after numerous accidental discharges was dropped. Forgotten weapons did a video on it a while back
I've never heard of one of those - but it looks a good call to me!
 

Sagebrush

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Dalua beat me to it!
Fairly rare bird. I meant the rifle, not Dalua, although that may also be true.
 

SpikeD

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Yes it's fairly rare I'm lucky enough to own one and also a couple of Rolling blocks like the one Paul O' pictured. The OP's rifle appears to be missing most of the bolt though it appears to have the top cover & extractor. The interrupted threads and "safety" can clearly be seen in the first picture, it's missing the bolt release screw from inside the trigger guard. It's easy enough to remove the bolt but a bit fiddly to reassemble when taken apart. Some more pics and details below
 
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