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Re: Round Ball loads for 45-70 Springfield Trap Door

Posted by Stephen B. McCartney on Wednesday, 26 June 2013, at 9:19 a.m., in response to Re: Round Ball loads for 45-70 Springfield Trap Door, posted by ken ploeser on Tuesday, 25 June 2013, at 7:35 p.m.

Gallery loads were developed by the army, in part, for target practice within barracks. The huge number of .44 combustible cartridges, now obsolete, left over from the War of the Rebellion, were disassembled, with most of the powder being recycled, and the pistol bullets going into gallery loads. A minimum charge (or, on occasion, if memory of what period documents I can recall, primer activation only) and a practical means of training came about. This was, I believe, done on the company level, rather than at arsenals.


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