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Contract casing question...

Posted by frontierwest on Saturday, 6 October 2012, at 7:44 p.m.

I know that Lowell was a contractor for the cartridge trials in 1879 and a tad beyond. Most Lowell casing I've dug are 6, 7, and 8, of 1879. I also have dug just one of 4, of 1880 that is a tad different than the 1879 casings. The rim is rounded a bit and the bunting is smaller.

Question, does anyone know what months and for how long they (Lowell) were on the ammo trial as a govt. contract contender?

I cleaned up 26 of the near perfect casings I've dug and reloaded them... I found that the primer pockets are .020 shallower than the later berdan/boxer primer cup, and I had to drill them .020 deeper to accept a modern rifle primer so that it would not stick out. This is an FYI for those that care.

Shot them this afternoon and they work just like there supposed to so.. I guess I got to shoot a 130 plus year old casing and take a step back into time shooting a TD weapon a tad earlier than them! Was fun.

John


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