Today I had a young feller stop by, wanting to sell me a rifle. Turns out it was 1 1884 Springfield Trapdoor. This young fella has been in and out of jail for years, and his father was a good friend of mine, a wiry mountain man if their ever was one. His father passed away about 15 years ago with cancer, fast kind, he only lived two weeks after finding out he had cancer. I recognized the rifle, it was his fathers favorite and he had left it to the youngster. I had shot the guns some with BP loads I loaded for it, and had loaded up 60 rounds for his father some 20 years ago. The gun had some severe pits on the muzzle outside of the barrel, and dropping a lite down the barrel I could see mostly shine with some rust near the muzzle. I asked him what he wanted for it, he said he had been asking $400, but had no takers, would I give him $300! I hastily paid him and he left, but not before giving me the the box of shells I had loaded his father, with 3 loaded rounds left in it. I took it in the shop, swabbed the barrel down with cleaner and scrubbed it out. took about an hour of scrubbing, but the rust was built up on the lands, and it turned out nice and shiny with 2 or 3 shallow pits in the bore. I know I got the rifle dirt cheap, but it was like bringing a old friend home. The guy I got the rifle off of has probably snorted the $300 up his nose by now and for the next few years, his fathers old rifle will be well taken care of, till I pass on and its next new owner, and hopefully it will be well cared for by them as well. Jus thought I would share this with you all.