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Re: How To Tell If My 1873 Trap Door Can Actually Be Fired

Posted by Ted on Sunday, 11 October 2009, at 6:05 p.m., in response to Re: How To Tell If My 1873 Trap Door Can Actually Be Fired, posted by John W. Ford on Sunday, 11 October 2009, at 1:45 p.m.

Ernie, Dick & John - Say I clean up the bore with one of the techniques you all suggest, is it true though per John that the gun will still be simply too old to fire, due to its advanced age and therefore inferior metallurgical condition? I understand the need to fire only cowboy loads per Ernie's earlier posts, but now after reading John's comments it might just be that, even with a well cleaned bore, it's simply too old to pull the trigger. Is this so? If so, will be greatly disappointed since I am looking fwd to taking it to the range after final bore cleanup and gunsmith checkout, but not at the expense of possible shrapnel to the face if the barrel is not metallurgically sound. Ted.


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