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Re: Springfield 1873
Posted by Ernie Brandt on Wednesday, 16 October 2013, at 8:00 p.m., in response to Springfield 1873, posted by Geoffrey on Wednesday, 16 October 2013, at 7:33 p.m.
Until the rifle is inspected by a competent Gunsmith familiar with the Trapdoor, do not run ANY ammo through it.
I would stick to Black Powder loads. The guys here have recommendations on whom to buy safe loads from.
I load all my own & have no suggestions.
212951 Should have a date of 1883. No big deal unless you are a purest. Dates got mixed from time to time. We will never know the trail these rifles took to get to the state they are in today. If the rifle is tight & has a good bore they are a blast to shoot. Just remember that it will shoot very high at 100 yards. They were "zeroed" at approx. 205 yards.
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