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Re: 1873 Trapdoor to clean or not to clean
Posted by Larry Sunday on Monday, 30 August 2010, at 6:25 p.m., in response to Re: 1873 Trapdoor to clean or not to clean, posted by Mike Dorsey on Sunday, 29 August 2010, at 11:52 p.m.
Mike, most Not All gunsmiths are reputable there a-- is on the line. But if possible try to find someone who is familiar with the Old rifles. Slugging the barrel will not tell you anything about the integrity of the barrel. But a good inspection will usually do it. Some people send there guns to have the barrel X-rayed but I (my opinion) think that is BS. Slugging will tell you the bore diameter(so if you decide to load your own you need to know)which is what you need to know to shoot accuratly. Unless you just want to say you (shot it) and put it away. I have shot Trapdoors for 30 years, never had a problem with the correct loads. Is you 1876 a Borchardt? My spelling may be wrong but the Borchardt Sharps is a very strong action and a pleasure to shoot, one of the most balanced rifles I have ever handled. I think someone copied there action for the Winchester 1885 single shot...but added a hammer that could be manipulated. Just my thoughts hope some of this helps, Sincerely,Larry Sunday PS Cowboy loads are a Safe place to start!
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