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Re: problem with loading an 1884 trapdoor
Posted by John (S) on Saturday, 13 September 2014, at 11:28 p.m., in response to Re: problem with loading an 1884 trapdoor, posted by Dick Hosmer on Saturday, 13 September 2014, at 11:03 p.m.
Remember, when the breech block is open the extractor is being held in the "extracted" position. To load you need to start the cartridge in and then when the breech block is closed it will allow the extractor to move forward the last 3/8" or so, and seat the round.
Of course, if you cannot force the block closed, then there is some sort of obstruction in the chamber. You may be able to detect some scrapes on the lead bullet where it is running into something in the chamber.
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