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Re: An answear...
Posted by FrontierWest on Monday, 19 July 2010, at 12:08 a.m., in response to Re: An answear..., posted by Don Harpold on Sunday, 18 July 2010, at 11:49 p.m.
I don't have the blunt manual you refer to. Can I get a copy?
I too have literally thousands of the casings you mention.. to include re-loaded drops or discards, re-loads w/ the primer loaded in reverse ect (some have scoring, some do not). One finds them at certian areas of the firing ranges mostly at 200-300 yards and around the barracks (everywhere). Assuming they were not shooting around the barracks and parade grounds during the 1880's, why would they bring the cartridge casings like that back to the barracks to be discarded there when there was not an accountability of them by weight ect, like there is today? One does not find them in the Benet primed casings, so one can deduce it is something to do with casings that can be re-loaded.. weather it is a gun issue itself (which I have never experienced), something to do with the re-loading tool, a defect in the casing, or something that was purposely used to render the casing unserviceable.
It seems to me even when reading your post of the description about lubing ect., that these were intentionally destroyed like per General Miles order. I am not sure a general stepping on the casing like a few other folks have mentioned to me was a compliance with the order. Just trying to figure out exactly what caused the casings to be separated that way and to duplicate it in a study to validate any and all disputes and erase any doubts and myths. This project has been on my mind for some time.
Please get me in touch with the Blunt document as it would be a valuable source.
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