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Re: Original Cartridge Question

Posted by Stephen B. McCartney on Tuesday, 6 September 2016, at 12:17 a.m., in response to Original Cartridge Question, posted by David Bell on Sunday, 4 September 2016, at 3:04 a.m.

I may be opening a can of worms. but the stuck cartridge problem, while, indeed, a problem (re: First Sergeant John Ryan assisting Captain French in extracting cases), it may be more of an excuse for Custer's defeat, with Sitting Bull attending West Point, etc. The Sioux and Cheyenne, in firing the captured weapons back at Reno nd Benteen, did not seem to have problems. I don't remember troops in other battles having the problem. The verdigris explanation seems to be the best one. Again, yes, there was a problem but how bad?

By the way, David, in your first sentence, did you misspell, "wife" (grins)?


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