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Re: 1884 trapdoor accuracy

Posted by Steve Applegate on Monday, 23 November 2009, at 9:29 a.m., in response to Re: 1884 trapdoor accuracy, posted by Ernie Brandt on Friday, 20 November 2009, at 5:04 p.m.

Thanks again Earnie,

I'll buy the hollow base .459 and try your load as soon as I get the 100+ rounds of the .457 I reloaded, unloaded. I should have never made so many. It's funny but I loaded about 20 rounds first without sizing the .457 bullets with pyrodex. They shot about 4" groups at 50 yds. Then a guy at the range told me that I should always size my bullets to get the best accuracy so I jumped right in and sized and loaded as many casings as I could find. It looks like the cast bullets without sizing may have been just big enough to shoot, after sizing they were too small. Live and learn! It's all good clean fun.

Here's another question.... if you don't mind?

I have been shooting the cadet model. I also have an 1873 carbine. I have never been able to get that to shoot anything. The bullets tumble. You can actually see that when they cut the paper flying sideways and the accuracy is awful. I was thinking that a longer bullet might stabilize better or a heavier or lighter load. I'm using about 60 grains of black powder now.I've tried 405 grain that I purchased and the previously mentioned 340 grain. They both exhibit the same problem. If this is typical of the rifle, no wonder Custer got his A** kicked! Any advise?

thanks again, you've been a big help!

Steve Applegate


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