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Posted by Kevin on Sunday, 11 January 2015, at 12:53 p.m.
I had the chance to shoot a 1884 that has been in my family for some time. I had prepared and loaded cases per Spence Wolfs instructions using a Lee 405HB and FFg powder. I did not alter the flash hole, since I first wanted to see if and how this rifle performed.
This first shoot the brass would not eject so I gently pushed it out from the muzzle end, just took a little effort. Upon inspection of the brass I found what I can only describe as a "bulge" ( and I hate to use this term ) on the top quarter of brass. I would describe it as if you were too look at a vein in your wrist, the pattern follows about half way around in a vein shape. This "vein" is just pushed up enough from the surface.
I fired a second shoot and found the exact pattern in the brass. I stopped my trials at this point.
After discussing with other shooters, none are familiar with Trapdoor, we decided that it shouldn't be a crack in the chamber b.c. more damage would/could have been done upon firing. Other than the chamber not being extremely clean we concluded that it may be corroded?
I am waiting to see if we can get a bore light or other instrument to inspect the chamber. Until then would like to here any speculations and suggestions on my findings.
Thank you Kevin
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