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Smokeless Load for a Trapdoor

Posted by Bob Foreman on Friday, 11 February 2011, at 3:00 p.m.


I recently acquired a neat old 1884 Springfield Trapdoor - Cadet. It's a pretty decent rifle with a great bore. I want to load up some easy-going range loads. I intend to shoot this rifle on a regular basis (at least once a month).

I have numerous reloading books/manuals but what I need is some general guidance...

Ultimately, I want to have loads that are easy on my rifle (perhaps in the 1,000 f.p.s. range) & reasonably accurate out to 100 yards.

My desire is to load up using smokeless powder. Some have suggested Unique. I have many types of powder on my bench (including Unique) and would have no problem picking up a pound or two of powder(s).

I will use lead bullets and I would appreciate suggestions as to hardness, diameter, style & weight of bullets.

I have dies (RCBS plus a Lee Factory Crimp Die).

Thank you very much.



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