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Re: 1884 Trapdoor

Posted by John on Friday, 25 March 2011, at 5:17 p.m., in response to 1884 Trapdoor, posted by Gary Gideon on Friday, 25 March 2011, at 4:30 p.m.

Unfortunately the ammo does not help a lot with dating. It has always been chape (and popular) to use old surplus ammo, and in the 1960s we were still shooting up assorted old Spanish American War (circa 1898) surplus ammo. Price as I recall was something like $2.50-4.00 per box of 20 rounds, and if there were a few misfires, no one cared. Many shooters today are using WW2 surplus ammo, now 65+ years old.

While some of the old time surplus dealers assembled "cheap shooter" grade trapdoors prior to 1900, the bulk of the trapdoor rifles seem to have been sold off in the 1920s and 30s, so I think that is a more likely date for your custom work.


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