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Re: Reliability of .50-70 models
Posted by John S. on Wednesday, 5 July 2017, at 8:16 p.m., in response to Reliability of .50-70 models, posted by Dick Hosmer on Wednesday, 5 July 2017, at 7:23 p.m.
As far as "fragile" parts, the M1866 might be a bit less durable, but virtually every part is available at reasonable prices so keeping one firing should not be a problem. For the few doze, or even several hundred rounds a shooter today is likely to shoot an occasional broken firing pin is the absolute most trouble I wold expect, if any at all.
As far as strength, the locking geometry is about the same as the M1868-1888, and the barrel walls (.58 less reaming plus the liner) is plenty strong enough for a 70 grain charge of black powder, and I have never heard of any safety issues. I would feel much safer shooting any original M1866 than any of the H&R repros with an occasional tendency to come unlocked. If someone wants to fiddle with some powder other than black powder then, if they are feeling lucky, they can do so far away from me.
I am sure you will be happy with any of the trapdoors. Besides, if you don;t like one a whole lot that is a good reason to get another one.
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