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Re: Effective Range of M1884 Trapdoor Rifle

Posted by ken on Saturday, 14 May 2011, at 12:46 a.m., in response to Effective Range of M1884 Trapdoor Rifle, posted by Tom on Thursday, 12 May 2011, at 3:01 p.m.

If you don't find the "official" maximum effective range, I think it is fairly safe to say that the Trapdoor was "effective", engaging enemy troops out to 500 yards.

Having said that, 300 yards might be more realistic, as far as individual, average Joe enlisted men shooting at, and hitting individual targets. But again, I would guess that somewhere around 500 yards would be the "maximum effective range".

I notice that the rear sight on my rifle is graduated to 500 yards with the sight laying flat. If you then stand it straight up, it goes much further, but the first adjustment stopping at 500 makes sense to me. The "B", or "battle" setting is between the 200 and 300 yard settings, which kind of tells me that 500 yards is not unreasonable for the rifle (in the official mind of the Army at that time) for engaging individual targets.

And this is all pure conjecture on my part. !!!!

And we know that the black-powder-cartridge-rifle shooters are shooting very impressive groups at 500 yards and beyond with .45-70's, black powder, and lead bullets.

That's pretty impressive, considering that 500 yards is the "effective" range of many modern military rifles.

Just a thought. Hope you find the real answer!!

ken y.


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