Of course, I should have thought of the single loading protocol of that era.
As for the pin cover I will have to get one of the historical books and learn more.
This rifle is not original, it is sporterized and shoots very very well. I do have a problem with the rear sight. It is not mounted properly and I took it to a so called Gun smitH and was not happy with his work.
Now as for this rifle being changed, sporterized, what is called "Bubba'd" well it still has the same unchanged action, and the stock is a shortened original and is as beautiful as can be.
I do want an original for me, but this was something I hope my Grandson will enjoy for a lifetime.