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Re: End of a long search
Posted by Dick Hosmer on Tuesday, 1 February 2011, at 12:54 a.m., in response to Re: End of a long search, posted by Ernie Brandt on Monday, 31 January 2011, at 8:47 p.m.
Isn't the rear one backwards, too?
As to the Chaffee-Reese, aside from being butt-heavy and excessively complicated, the fragile magazine was a total disaster. The cartridges are not spring-fed like any other tubular magazine - they are physically dragged forward by a system of ratcheting bars linked (when cutoff is "on") to the very awkward (due to handle location) bolt. Great care is required else you will break something, or cause a jam. OK on the range, maybe, but no gun for a rough and tumble fire-fight.
The Hotchkiss will only feed 405gr. loads; and the CR will only feed 500gr. loads - mix in a 405 and it will jam. Not smart. Both systems are covered in detail in my second book. My CR is nicer than that one, which is pretty nice. Rare gun.
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