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Off the shelf ammunition

Posted by Gene Stephens on Saturday, 28 February 2009, at 4:36 p.m.

I got a chance to shoot my 1873 Springfield Friday afternoon. I shot at about a hundred yards. I had the original sights set as far down as they would go. Both loads were with 405 grains lead. What a load! This must have been a real powerfull load in it's day.

The Ultramax had about 1/16" more lead showing than the Black Dawge. Both were shaped the same, round nose flat point.

First I shot Ultramax smokeless cowboy action loads. First two shots were about 3" apart straight above the target but about 15" high. Third shot was a little lower and about 4 inches to the right.

Took a walk to the target kill some time before shooting the next three shots.

Next I shot GOEX Black Dawge cartridges. Loaded with black powder. I fired the first shot and then proceeded to clean the black powder off my white truck. I was laying the gun across the hood of the truck stacked on my coat. The gun was about 4 - 5" above the hood of the truck when it fired. Made adjustments for the hood of my truck and fired the other two rounds. One shot was about 5" high and 15" to the right. Another was about 16" above the target but straight on, another was about 30" high and a little to the left.

I guess I was expecting better groups out of the black powder rounds. I did expect them all to be high because of the factory setting of the sights. Is this what everyone sees with factory loaded .45-70 in the Springfield or am I just that bad a shot??


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