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by SWIHARTMARK
Sun Dec 09, 2018 9:18 pm
Forum: General Firearms Topics
Topic: Stopping Power - Good Overview Video
Replies: 6
Views: 180
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Re: Stopping Power - Good Overview Video

I think the type of ammo has a larger impact in most of these situations. JHP does worlds more damage than FMJ. I would surmise that 32acp with JHP ammo is comparable to 45acp with FMJ ammo at close range. If the US Army thought that 45acp was far better than 38spl in stopping hopped up attackers in...
by SWIHARTMARK
Fri Dec 07, 2018 8:28 am
Forum: General Off Topic
Topic: SOG Southern Ohio Guns is history
Replies: 14
Views: 438
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Re: SOG Southern Ohio Guns is history

AIM seems alive and well and has storefront hours. No better place to get PRVI ammo.

Best Regards,

Mark
by SWIHARTMARK
Sun Dec 02, 2018 6:36 pm
Forum: French Rifles
Topic: " Cleaned Up" Berthiers
Replies: 29
Views: 2130
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Re: " Cleaned Up" Berthiers

I cannot say I want to stockpile any Bertheirs right now. I'm happy with just one carbine that fires well. The "N" mark is likely a must have for a French rifle firing 8mm Lebel rifle ammo. I call my carbine the French made M-44.

Best Regards,

Mark
by SWIHARTMARK
Sun Dec 02, 2018 1:13 pm
Forum: French Rifles
Topic: " Cleaned Up" Berthiers
Replies: 29
Views: 2130
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Re: " Cleaned Up" Berthiers

I tried to hot blue a missing barrel band on one and found the metal was so crude that it would not take bluing and had to be painted instead, which was standard practice for the French. Mine was missing its hand guard and I used an old barrel band from Numrich that didn't need a hand guard from an ...
by SWIHARTMARK
Tue Nov 27, 2018 6:55 pm
Forum: General Firearms Topics
Topic: Australian War Memorial
Replies: 9
Views: 233
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Re: Australian War Memorial

That 13mm rifle could likely rip open any tank back then since they had little armor. It would have to hit something vital though. Strange not to see a scope on a sniper, did I miss something?

Isn't Brisbane quite a ways from Canberra?

Best Regards,

Mark
by SWIHARTMARK
Thu Nov 08, 2018 5:21 pm
Forum: Antique Cartridge and Black Powder Rifles
Topic: Cleaned up an 1884 Trapdoor Springfield
Replies: 15
Views: 1856
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Re: Cleaned up an 1884 Trapdoor Springfield

Given your restoration skills, I would bet you could score a trapdoor for a song and bring it back quite easily. I would just be on the look out with one with a good bore and I think you could fix the rest. Anything you put some elbow grease and effort into only makes it worth more to yourself in th...
by SWIHARTMARK
Sat Oct 27, 2018 11:17 pm
Forum: Antique Cartridge and Black Powder Rifles
Topic: Which would you pick for your army A TrapDoor or Rolling Block
Replies: 17
Views: 1408
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Re: Which would you pick for your army A TrapDoor or Rolling Block

56=50 will drop a horse, but from a closer range. Remember, Generals in those days might have preferred volley fire at ranges over 400 meters as a sort of area denial barrage. The French put their Chassepot rifle (11mm paper cartridge) butt stocks on the ground, angled them 45 degrees upwards and co...
by SWIHARTMARK
Sat Oct 27, 2018 5:00 pm
Forum: Antique Cartridge and Black Powder Rifles
Topic: Which would you pick for your army A TrapDoor or Rolling Block
Replies: 17
Views: 1408
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Re: Which would you pick for your army A TrapDoor or Rolling Block

The Martini-Henry was beaten by Zulu spears and clubs at the battle of Isandlwana in an open field. The Brits also had artillery to support them. Rorke's drift was somewhat fortified and came later I believe. Custer had beaten similar odds before, only this time he didn't. The Indians did have some ...
by SWIHARTMARK
Sat Oct 27, 2018 9:14 am
Forum: Antique Cartridge and Black Powder Rifles
Topic: Which would you pick for your army A TrapDoor or Rolling Block
Replies: 17
Views: 1408
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Re: Which would you pick for your army A TrapDoor or Rolling Block

I wonder how hard it is to sleeve a barrel? It sounds nasty and I do machining for a living. Looks like the Brits just kept the original barrels and used the same bullet in a brass cartridge. The French and Bavarians had similar rifles. Surprisingly, the Prussians had a single shot bolt action rifle...
by SWIHARTMARK
Sat Oct 27, 2018 8:58 am
Forum: Antique Cartridge and Black Powder Rifles
Topic: Gewehr 1871/84
Replies: 7
Views: 5453
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Re: Gewehr 1871/84

I use a brass dispenser and a brass measuring tube for volume. Both were bought commercially. The measuring stick moved a lot so I drilled a few shallow holes so the screw the holds the measuring stick would stay firm. I also made a black powder compressor from a two foot piece of 1/4 or 3/8ths wide...
by SWIHARTMARK
Fri Oct 26, 2018 7:49 pm
Forum: Reloading
Topic: Alliant 2400 With Cast Bullets
Replies: 15
Views: 2358
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Re: Alliant 2400 With Cast Bullets

Ummh, you noticed the Graf sale as well. I wish they had Graf brand black powder in stock, argh, growl, argh. I already have a can and a half of Alliant 2400, so I'm stuck with it. Work is slow right now, so I'm hesitant to spend money so I have to use what I have. I'd buy some GOEX BP, but I still ...
by SWIHARTMARK
Fri Oct 26, 2018 7:43 pm
Forum: Antique Cartridge and Black Powder Rifles
Topic: Which would you pick for your army A TrapDoor or Rolling Block
Replies: 17
Views: 1408
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Re: Which would you pick for your army A TrapDoor or Rolling Block

I have an old ruleset for miniature war-gaming that rates the Werder as good as a Chassepot, else the Bavarians were using old muzzle loaders converted to breech loaders, which lost a great deal of their previous range. I think Simpsons ltd. has a Werder as I was eye shopping their website today. Wh...
by SWIHARTMARK
Fri Oct 26, 2018 6:41 pm
Forum: Antique Cartridge and Black Powder Rifles
Topic: Which would you pick for your army A TrapDoor or Rolling Block
Replies: 17
Views: 1408
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Re: Which would you pick for your army A TrapDoor or Rolling Block

Man, the Berdan II must be totally different than a Berdan I since the II sports some very Mosin like looks. Infact, the Berdan II looks like a Mosin prototype if I believe my eyes. Yeah, I agree that the Springfield Armory swayed the US Government on what the army was equipped with more than most. ...
by SWIHARTMARK
Fri Oct 26, 2018 3:51 pm
Forum: Antique Cartridge and Black Powder Rifles
Topic: Which would you pick for your army A TrapDoor or Rolling Block
Replies: 17
Views: 1408
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Re: Which would you pick for your army A TrapDoor or Rolling Block

I think the 1867 French Chassepot is a better weapon. Also, Snider-Enfield conversions are nothing to laugh at. Both proved their worth in battle. The Chassepot impressed the Prussians so much they had to upgrade to the 1871 Mauser. Snider-Enfield rifles blasted Russians to pieces even in 1877. Mart...
by SWIHARTMARK
Thu Oct 25, 2018 7:20 pm
Forum: Antique Cartridge and Black Powder Rifles
Topic: Which would you pick for your army A TrapDoor or Rolling Block
Replies: 17
Views: 1408
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Re: Which would you pick for your army A TrapDoor or Rolling Block

Cost were a main concern back then, not exactly function. Cheaper was far more important than better. Also, ammo was not to be wasted. After most of the imperial army was defeated in the Franco-Prussian war in 1870, the French Republic took anything they could get their hands on, including old Sprin...

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