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Re: 1884 trapdoor accuracy

Posted by Dick Hosmer on Monday, 23 November 2009, at 10:36 a.m., in response to Re: 1884 trapdoor accuracy, posted by Steve Applegate on Monday, 23 November 2009, at 9:29 a.m.

That is NOT typical of the carbine and has NOTHING to do with the fate of Custer's butt. You should, ultimately, be able to get 1"-2" groups (of round holes) off the bench, at 50 yds, all day long. The standard load, and that for which the sights are graduated, was 55gr of 2F behind a 405gr bullet.

All in all, a carbine, due to the shorter sight radius, will not shoot as well as a rifle, but 4" keyholes at 50yds. indicates something is seriously wrong. I'm guessing you have an even worse bullet fit there than in the Cadet.. If the bullet can't grip the rifling, it won't stabilize.

I think you would REALLY enjoy reading the late Spence Wolf's book on loading for the .45-70. It wil give you a great deal of thought-provoking information. Ordering info is on the shooters page, off of home page, link below. Good luck, and don't give up.


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