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Re: 1873 rear sight

Posted by Fred on Wednesday, 30 June 2010, at 9:58 a.m., in response to Re: 1873 rear sight, posted by Bob Smith on Wednesday, 30 June 2010, at 12:13 a.m.

Bob, have you thought about using a Lee Loader in 45-70? You can use the recomended smokeless powder loads given in that little kit or you can use a 70 grain charger or dipper for black powder (FFG I believe). This wouldn't be the same dipper that comes in the Lee Loader which is strictly for a smokeless load of the recomended powder. I've read that most smokeles loads off of the shelf are reduced loads to be used in the trapdoor Springfields, which is the weakest action, and Winchester 1886 rifles & Remington Rolling Blocks which are stronger. They do this, I've read, because there are so many of those old rifles still out there. However, I wouldn't use the jacketed rounds in a trapdoor because it would certainly wear the bore out quicker I would think. Maybe I'm wrong. Anyway, with a Lee Loading kit, everything you will need for reloading is there except the Large Rifle Primers, FFG Black Powder and the lead bullets. I use a Lee Loader and I can load 100 rounds at a time easily. It just takes longer than a bench loader, but it's cartainly a lot cheaper!


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