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Re: Rimfire case ?

Posted by Dick Hosmer on Thursday, 30 June 2016, at 4:22 p.m., in response to Re: Rimfire case ?, posted by Keogh on Thursday, 30 June 2016, at 1:54 p.m.

Sorry, I had taken it for granted that nearly everyone knew that the Spencer was one of, if not THE best and most widely used carbines of the CW; thus did not mention that aspect. Thanks for reminding me.

The unique, modified 1873 design cobbled up for the .45-70 round was apparently a total POS - but yes, the 1876 certainly did have some later commercial success, and was chambered for the calibers you mentioned. Strength wasn't the issue - cartridge length was; and, any repeater for the Army was going to HAVE to digest the government round, else it would be no bargain. The Hotchkiss met that requirement, which is why Winchester jumped on the patent - and, after working out some bugs, supplied a couple of thousand arms to both the Army and the Navy for trial. Results were mixed, so the idea of a repeater was put on the back burner. Next was the Chaffee-Reece, and finally the Krag, after numerous trials and gyrations.


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