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Old 07-11-2018, 04:59 PM
Nodak71 Nodak71 is offline
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Default Shooting a M1873 Trapdoor

This is a question about something I am somewhat ignorant about. I have several of the old trapdoors I have picked up but have never tried to fire any of them. This spring a good friend who I worked with for many years retired and I gave him an extra trapdoor rifle I had as a retirement gift. Today he comes over and wants to shoot this old rifle on my range. I told him I had no gauges for these and thought that the breach block was tight but other than that I was a tad leery of shoothing something that old without having it checked out. He had loaded a few rounds with Pryodex and a 400 grain lead bullet. From what he told me the loading was lighter than the original, something like 50 some grains. The old rifle fired just fine and actually hit the paper but the rounds were actually hitting the paper sideways, keyhole? Was this a function of too weak a load? Just wondering. Thanks
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