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Re: 3rd cav...
Posted by Dick Hosmer on Sunday, 20 March 2011, at 12:14 a.m., in response to 3rd cav..., posted by FrontierWest on Saturday, 19 March 2011, at 11:57 p.m.
AFAIK (but I should wait for Dusan - who KNOWS!) the 3rd had trapdoor carbines at the Rosebud, just like the 7th.
I know that Spencers and Sharps saw frontier usage but I doubt VERY much that the Starr (linen cartridge, remember) did. The Remington RB pistol was .50, but NOT ".50-70." The M1869 trapdoor pistol took the large round, but, it was never issued.
As to standardization, first they settled on the .50-55 and .50-70 - later, after the Terry board's decision to reduce the caliber again, they went to the .45-55 and .45-70.
The Spencer was not suited to the longer ranges of the West and was a RF with all the shortcomings of that concept, while the Sharps had issues as well - mostly oversize bores. But, in the end, neither gun utilized the mountains of spare parts on hand to the extent that the Allin did - which was a MAJOR consideration in the selection of that design.
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