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Re: ,50-70`s on the battlefield....
Posted by Paul Eshleman on Monday, 10 February 2014, at 4:14 p.m., in response to Re: ,50-70`s on the battlefield...., posted by Dick Hosmer on Monday, 10 February 2014, at 11:55 a.m.
Custer carried a Remington .50-70 caliber sporting rifle into the battle. His brothers and some of his officers probably carried .50-70 sporting rifles into the battle too. When the Indians got a hold of these rifles and went to the Reno/Benteen Battle, Ammunition must have became an issue with the .50-70`s that were there. There are 45-70 cases that are cracked open from the Indians who put .45-70 ammo in the .50-70`s. Some historians say the Indians didn`t know what they had there was a lot more .45-70 ammo they just shoved whatever they had in the .50-70`s. I think the Indians ran out of .50-70 ammo and then started using .45-70 ammo in them, as there was not a lot of the .50-70 available. And they had a lot of the .45 70 ammo available. Anyway there were .50-70`s on the battlefield but not very many considering the number of spent .45-70 casings compared to the .50-70 cases found.
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