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Re: Original Cartridge Question
Posted by frontierwest on Saturday, 10 September 2016, at 4:57 p.m., in response to Original Cartridge Question, posted by David Bell on Sunday, 4 September 2016, at 3:04 a.m.
I have dug along with Keogh (Ike) on this forum more than the average person has ever dug of said casings. Thousands of the earl pre 1877 casings too from units of the 2nd cavalry. I have only a few casings that reflect extractor issues. Is that because the guns were kept cleaner and not in the heat of battle? Well I have also dug battle sites that range from the 50/70 to the exact guns used by Custer.. and again very few in number that suggest the claims I've read in 2 third forth and so on sources. Out of thousands.. I have a hand full of said casings. However if a casing was bent a little, way dirty ect, It would be hard to load, literally needing a mallet to hammer the breech closed. The happens with casings not fully resized... a non issue with once loaded Benet ammunition. So.... I think it's more myth, but such a small percentage of reality, as not to really affect an outcome for an entire regiment, but perhaps affect an out come for one in 100... and that is a way higher percentage than I'd believe too. But, in the heat of battle, combined with tired new recruits, sloppy maintenance ect.. maybe a little higher, but not much. Ike, what are your conclusions?
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