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Re: Effective Range of M1884 Trapdoor Rifle

Posted by Ken Smith on Thursday, 12 May 2011, at 3:47 p.m., in response to Effective Range of M1884 Trapdoor Rifle, posted by Tom on Thursday, 12 May 2011, at 3:01 p.m.

Hi Tom, The Army did hold target practice at 1000 yards, using a target that measured 6'x 12'. The maximum range for the rifle cartridge, using the 500 grain bullet and 70 grain powder charge is in the neighborhood of 3500 yards. I think the angle of elevation would have been around 30 degrees for this distance. I would imagine being struck with a chunk of lead of that size at that distance would still be "effective". Look up the article on the tests the Army conducted at Sandy Hook in 1879 for the .45-70 service cartridge. It is a very interesting article. Regards, Ken


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