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Oldremguy is spot on. Neither the Blue Book or the Standard Catalog are reliable on this subject.
The original caliber was .50-45 although it is possible that some were bored out to .50-70 when sold as surplus. Many more were rebarrelled in .43 Spanish for sale in Latin America. The easiest way to identify a fake is to look at the breechblock/extractor. An original has a concave surface on the base of the breechblock and a centrally located (6 o'clock) stud extractor. These are very early features and the actions that were used to make the fakes have a flat base on the breechblock and the extractor on the left side of the chamber. The original barrels that were used had to have a flat milled on their underside in order to work with later blackpowder actions.
Dixie was selling both barrels and forends taken off original carbines by Whitney when they modified surplus Navy carbines for Schuyler, Hartley & Graham so that some have original forends with the proper inspector's marks.
 
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