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Re: How To Tell If My 1873 Trap Door Can Actually Be Fired
Posted by Ernie Brandt on Sunday, 11 October 2009, at 6:52 p.m., in response to Re: How To Tell If My 1873 Trap Door Can Actually Be Fired, posted by Dick Hosmer on Sunday, 11 October 2009, at 2:39 p.m.
I have fired hundreds of rounds thru my (22) Trapdoors. I load ONLY smokeless rounds. I have found that I can load Smokeless powder(TrailBoss) from Hodgden's Powder Co. here in Shawnee, Kansas, & keep the pressures down around 22,000 cup.
I have no fear of damage to weapon or injury to self because I know my loads & also have great confidence in the weapons I fire.
I am very sure that a TD can be "blownup" if you try hard enough. ie: double powder load or bullet that is too large for calibre.
Like I said before, take it to a Gunsmith & let him/her check it over. Get some "Cowboy Action" rounds & HAVE FUN. Just be aware that you will need a cushion for your shoulder :) They kick like, that place down below.
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