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Original Cartridge Question

Posted by David Bell on Sunday, 4 September 2016, at 3:04 a.m.

Hello to the group....My laptop has been giving me problems along with my wifi, I received some help on the computer tonight, and purchased a 25 ft cord to get by the wifi problem.. Now I get to ask my question to you folks. Please forgive my rambling ... but. I have been watching with interest the guard ball load question, and the separation of the cases, including the observation of one member of a separated case that was still crimped on the bullet with rifling grooves on it.( Perhaps the first Jacketed projectile.) Anyway, when I was a teenager, in the late 1960's I used to go out to the ruins of Old Fort Bowie, Arizona, and collect the Boxer primed .45-70 cases left out at the range site. All were Frankford Arsenal rifle rounds dated in the 1880's... Even after 80+ years, the cases cleaned up, were not brittle, and re-loaded fine. New Winchester brass at the time was $1.95 a box of 20... These were free.. so I used them with both black powder loads, and smokeless powder for many years in my Trapdoors without problems or failures, until they were stolen from me in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1978. I have read about stuck cases in carbine breeches at the Little Big Horn, Officers buying commercial ammunition, to avoid the issue rounds, ect, Never have I read about ammunition problems during the Spanish American war, or Philippine American War. What were the problems with the early rounds, and how did they correct it? The Trapdoor has a very strong, and dependable extractor. I have only come across one with an extractor that was broken. Please enlighten me, and Thank You very much in advance for your time.


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