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Re: Does any one have the origional gun loading tool?....

Posted by Dick Hosmer on Sunday, 18 July 2010, at 2:04 p.m., in response to Does any one have the origional gun loading tool?...., posted by FrontierWest on Sunday, 18 July 2010, at 1:24 p.m.

Well, even after 40+ years of collecting, you're apparently WAAY ahead of me, at least.

For openers, "berdan" (sic) and "boxer" (sic) are not at all the same thing, so your use of parentheses there seems rather odd. Also, AFAIK, FA made just ONE attempt at Berdan-primed ammo (during the months of March and April 1877) and then dropped it cold? Anything "reloading" made by FA in the 80's (after late 1882 of course, when the Benet inside priming system was dropped) would have been Boxer-primed.

Are you speaking of the change from gilding metal to tinned brass? AFAIK, that had nothing to do with either the priming method, or reloading in general. Heads would separate because the softer, less springy gilding metal cases had a tendancy to stick in a hot, and perhaps dirty, chamber.

Or. maybe the whole subject is something I truly have missed, and need to learn about, myself?


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