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Re: 1884 trapdoor accuracy

Posted by Bill Cook on Monday, 30 November 2009, at 12:11 p.m., in response to Re: 1884 trapdoor accuracy, posted by Steve Applegate on Thursday, 26 November 2009, at 12:54 p.m.

Steve...... I have had the same experience loading 45-70 for years, to the point that I gave up trying to shoot them. I got Wolfe's book, and I am finally getting excellent results. I am using the Lee 405 gr, with a soft mix ( just enough tin to make it fill the mould well. I am using the load exactly as described in the book, with the full 70gr compressed black. I am consistently getting groupings of 1" at 50 yards. I usually shoot a M-1888, and use the Buffington sight, It shoots very high at ranges less than 200 yards.

Trap doors are a very accurate rifle, just look at some of the scores of the 1880's from the Militia /National Guard. They regularly shot at 200, 400 and 500 yards in competition,and at 200 yards they were required to score a 20 out of 25 to qualify. Bill C


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