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Re: Hotchkiss Carbine Cutoff/Safety
Posted by Dick Hosmer on Friday, 2 January 2015, at 2:49 a.m., in response to Re: Hotchkiss Carbine Cutoff/Safety, posted by frontierwest on Thursday, 1 January 2015, at 8:58 p.m.
The Ward-Burton is out because they were in .50-70.
Trapdoor cases frequently can be differentiated by the angled strike of the pin, which usually upsets the primer just a teentsy bit more on one side than the other.
Dr. Sterling Fenn (now deceased) was one of the original finders of the site of Custer's fight on the Yellowstone. He described the area as being literally strewn with .50-70 cases, and it was easy to tell which had been fired in the Allins, and which in the Ward-Burtons.
AFAIK, all that can be done is to separate the TD case from all of the others, the difference between a Lee, Hotchkiss or Chaffee-Reece (all in-line pins) should be indistinguishable.
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