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Re: Rimfire case ?
Posted by Dick Hosmer on Thursday, 30 June 2016, at 12:39 a.m., in response to Re: Rimfire case ?, posted by Gary Wining on Wednesday, 29 June 2016, at 11:41 p.m.
Spencers saw fairly wide usage by the cavalry in the West, following the Civil War.
Their one shortcoming - not exposed during the war what with furious melees between massed troops at close quarters - was the lack of being able to reach out and touch someone at the longer ranges regularly found on the plains.
This requirement bred the .50-55, and ultimately the .45-55 carbine rounds and a weapon which would handle them. I'm sure they realized that firepower would suffer, but no suitable repeating action existed save for the Hotchkiss. Winchester offered a revised M1873 lever gun in .45-70, but it was a miserable failure.
Custer MIGHT have done better with Spencers; we'll never know. The oft-repeated story that he lost because he left the Gatlings behind is pure BS. The fledgling "machine guns" (really they were just very efficient repeaters) of the day were treated as artillery, and would not have been effective on the LBH topography.
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