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Re: US Model 1878 Springfield?

Posted by Ernie Brandt on Sunday, 27 March 2011, at 9:57 a.m., in response to Re: US Model 1878 Springfield?, posted by Fox Wood on Sunday, 27 March 2011, at 12:47 a.m.

Ram Rod, Cleaning rod. The "cleaning" rod on the 1873-1884 Trapdoor Springfield rifles were used for both purposes. It has been well established that the Ram Rod was used to extract stuck shell casings in the early years of cartridge manufacture. Until the Armory switched over to brass casings, stuck cartridges were a common thing as well as case separation at the base.

We tend to use more than one description to denote the same item on firearms. IE: breech for receiver.

Hence a "cleaning rod can be a "ram rod" at times. They also make a good kabob rod for cooking game & were used for that purpose.

We need to allow for variations in descriptions on this web site & back off on jumping on contributors who are just trying to help the uninformed masses.

Thanks Gene



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