Well, the board is either fixed, or it's going to run terribly. Cross your fingers and hope for the best. I'm at my technical limit right now.

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by SWIHARTMARK
Thu Nov 08, 2018 5:21 pm
Forum: Antique Cartridge and Black Powder Rifles
Topic: Cleaned up an 1884 Trapdoor Springfield
Replies: 14
Views: 577
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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: 789
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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: 789
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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: 789
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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: 5104
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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: 1480
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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: 789
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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: 789
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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: 789
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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: 789
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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...
by SWIHARTMARK
Fri Oct 19, 2018 10:29 am
Forum: Reloading
Topic: Alliant 2400 With Cast Bullets
Replies: 15
Views: 1480
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Re: Alliant 2400 With Cast Bullets

Thanks for the info. I did buy a toaster oven for water quenching. That's a nice group with your Mosin. I have a former sniper rifle, but no scope. I'll have to seen what issue Lyman book I have.

Best Regards,

Mark
by SWIHARTMARK
Sun Oct 14, 2018 1:04 pm
Forum: British Empire and Commonwealth
Topic: No.4 Mk1 reare sight?
Replies: 9
Views: 1251
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Re: No.4 Mk1 reare sight?

Mine fit in the existing 300/600 holes. I think it either came with the screws or I used the ones with the 300/600 flip sight.

Best Regards,

Mark
by SWIHARTMARK
Tue Oct 09, 2018 5:03 pm
Forum: French Rifles
Topic: French 1884 rifle
Replies: 3
Views: 828
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Re: French 1884 rifle

I am guessing it is a GRAS rifle. More info would be helpful. The Lebel was introduced in 1886 I believe. Your GRAS I presume might be chambered for its original round, or something else. Many conversions were done.

Best Regards,

Mark
by SWIHARTMARK
Thu Sep 27, 2018 4:52 pm
Forum: General Off Topic
Topic: What happen to the 50 cent piece?
Replies: 3
Views: 341
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Re: What happen to the 50 cent piece?

The young ones use plastic now......for everything. Credit or debit, its all plastic now. I like the old dollar coins even more.

Best Regards,

Mark
by SWIHARTMARK
Wed Sep 19, 2018 5:50 pm
Forum: British Empire and Commonwealth
Topic: No.4 Mk1 reare sight?
Replies: 9
Views: 1251
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Re: No.4 Mk1 reare sight?

I replaced my 300/600 sight on my No4 MKI with one from Numrich that fit the rifle just fine. Why mess your rifle up when there are good parts available?

Best Regards,

Mark

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