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Re: 1873 Trapdoor to clean or not to clean

Posted by Dick Hosmer on Saturday, 28 August 2010, at 9:31 a.m., in response to Re: 1873 Trapdoor to clean or not to clean, posted by Mike Dorsey on Saturday, 28 August 2010, at 1:29 a.m.

Mike, I'm sure that you can find isolated cases where your remark about a cleaned gun being priced higher than a uncleaned one, might APPEAR to be true. But, I'll bet the two arms will not be truly identical. There are so many physical variations possible, and the market itself is very subjective. I firmly believe that, on average, you will find that collectors do NOT like over-cleaned and/or obviously refinished guns.

As to the shooting, there are others here who are far more knowledgeable than I. The worst (but most convenient) choice is brand new, smokeless, jacketed 405gr stuff from your local gunshop. The best accuracy (close to 1 MOA is possible!) will be obtained by handloading to suit YOUR barrel. "Cowboy Action" ammo will likely be somwhere in the middle. I'd try that first. You should also get the Wolf book - see home page.


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