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need info on firing procedure

Posted by Wayne James on Sunday, 15 March 2009, at 3:53 p.m.

I have an 1866 Springfield Trapdoor in 50-70 cal. I would like to know the correct loading procdure of a shell prior to shooting it. My gun has a 3 click (stop) position. First stop barely clears the breech, second stop appears to be half cock position and final position has the hammer all the way back to fire. Do I load the shell in half cock as a safety procedure of drop the shell into the breech with the hammer down and then pull back the hammer to fire. I am concern that having the hammer down when closing the breech (top of the receiver) might cause an accidental firing. Thank you for your response.


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