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Re: James D Julia( auction)

Posted by frontierwest on Tuesday, 8 October 2013, at 9:05 p.m., in response to Re: James D Julia( auction), posted by Tom Trevor on Tuesday, 8 October 2013, at 4:48 p.m.

Thanks Tom,

Not that my opinion counts, but there are other posters here that have a lot too (casings).. but in my opinion I do not believe one can do a fire arms analysis test of a historical gun that was allegedly used the day of June 25-6th, and that fired benet cartridges (whose casings were recovered in the vicinity), and in a modern time conduct a comparison analysis with a modern boxer primed ammunition (let alone the way the casings is formed now) to have a valid test. No way in gods green earth could that be.

I'd sure like to see some benet fired casings out of that gun in question (modern) and have them re-tested anonymously, and I'll bet dollars to doughnuts that there will not be a match to the recovered historical casings... then what? We all know the answer, and that's why it probably will never be done.. But it should have been done the right way the first time!

I will add that I was told by one of the direct sources that to shoot the old Benet cartridges (if they would even fire) would be really expensive. My comment here is that if it's being done on a grant, or being funded by the collector (who stands to make a helluva lot of money).. who cares about a hundred or two hundred dollars! This whole discussion was to be included in a Grant project I was involved with, but that portion was voluntarily cut from the initial project. I hear rumors now that it's (the idea of it) is in the works now at the Custer Battle level.... My idea was to do an entire grouping of all the battle sites known and confirmed from the same Indians.. and compare the individual casings to determine the gun numbers and at what rate they increased or decreased through the years 1866-1881.

John


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