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The Starr Carbine...

Posted by FrontierWest on Sunday, 20 March 2011, at 11:49 a.m., in response to Re: 3rd cav..., posted by Dick Hosmer on Sunday, 20 March 2011, at 12:14 a.m.

Was heavily used by cavalry, and perhaps the band of 18th infy and units along the Bozeman trail forts ca. 1866-1868. Next to the .58 cal mini ball, the starr linen .54 cal bullet is the next most popular bullet found on all those sites.. then comes the Spencer round/casing. Would be a note too, that lots of Smiths were recovered @ the Fort Reno site. I have found the Starr conversion fired casings (Spencer type) at those sites too and in various Indian sites.

Crook used the Fort Reno site for an encampment, both sides of the Powder River, and the casings associated with that are the .45/70 and .45 long colt. Others have been recovered, but when on a site that has been used previously, relics could be from either or just the earlier, and from the pioneers traveling and camping there too.

John


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