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Old 07-16-2012, 01:57 PM
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I have an 1873 Springfield trapdoor. I have never attempted to shoot it but it seem to be in good working order. I was looking at some 45-70 ammo yesterday. One type is for all rifles. The clerk said that is what is used in the primitive guns they sell. Is that round tame enough for the old guns that used black powder? Is there another type I need to look for? If it is I might try it out so I can use it for primitive deer season. Of course, the first shot will be with a string tied to the trigger. I think I know enough about mechanical devices to tell if it would be totally unsafe.
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go to thehighroad.org and ask those guys...they can tell you more than you probably really wanted to know about any firearm/round/load etc....cool gun forum
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I have an 1873 Springfield trapdoor. I have never attempted to shoot it but it seem to be in good working order. I was looking at some 45-70 ammo yesterday. One type is for all rifles. The clerk said that is what is used in the primitive guns they sell. Is that round tame enough for the old guns that used black powder? Is there another type I need to look for? If it is I might try it out so I can use it for primitive deer season. Of course, the first shot will be with a string tied to the trigger. I think I know enough about mechanical devices to tell if it would be totally unsafe.
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Hi Mike, I have an 1878 Springfield in the same caliber...never thought about firing it, though. IF your research shows that the guns can be fired, let me know if you want to split a box of ammo. The bore looks OK to run lead down it, and there isn't a bit of rust on the gun.
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It's safe to use if your gun is in good condition....
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It's safe to use if your gun is in good condition....
Do they make 45-70 rounds in both black powder and smokeless? What do these old guys smoke??
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Rick,
I thought mine was a 1878 also but after some research I found that it is really 1873. If you look at it closely you can see that it is a 3. There are several websights about them with all the models and serial numbers listed. Some are called "documented". I don't know what that means.

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Does that mean that it is a type of black powder?
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Perhaps you will want to load your own and back off on the charge ...


smokeless would be dangerous in my opinion
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Is it center fire or black powder and wad
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Center fire.
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