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Re: 1873 Springfield Rifle
Posted by Ernie Brandt on Tuesday, 4 November 2008, at 10:28 p.m., in response to Re: 1873 Springfield Rifle, posted by Ted on Tuesday, 4 November 2008, at 1:53 p.m.
I did not get the pic
I would take the rifle to a gunsmith in your area to have it examined for barrel condition, wear in the breech pin area, head space of the chamber, & condition of the firing pin (bent or broken), yes they will fire with a broken pin. Chech to make certain that the breech locks up securely.
As for ammunition, NEVER fire Factory ammo in a TD unless it is labeled as "cowboy" loads or Pyrodex, or black powder substitute. We load all of our rounds by hand with IMR Trail Boss powder, 300-330 grain lubed flat nose bullets, large rifle primers, & no filler. Pressures should be around 22,000 for safety. There are many load recommendations on the web. & from powder manufacturers.
The TD is a ball to shoot & always draws a crowd at the range. Remember, they shoot high at 100 yds. Real high!
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