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Springfield model 1873,question

#1 Post by davew » Mon Dec 18, 2017 3:26 pm

I have been looking at a Springfield model 1873 carbine, my question is are they black power only or can modern 45-70 be fired in them.
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#2 Post by Rapidrob » Mon Dec 18, 2017 5:17 pm

Yes and no. The Remington 405 Grain loads would be safe in your carbine.However,the jacketed bullet may not be. The barrels were made for a pure lead or paper patch bullet. The lands can be damaged by today's jacketed bullets.
I was told this by the largest collector of Trap Door Springfields in NM. I trust what he says as he showed me how to load for the TDS and what not to do. I bought one of his rifles 25 years ago.
I would go with a load from Black Hill's ammo or the like.
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#3 Post by davew » Tue Dec 19, 2017 11:38 am

Thank You, that answers my question.

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#4 Post by Smokey » Tue Dec 19, 2017 7:09 pm

The barrel steel is extremely soft. That's why jacketed bullets should not be used.
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#5 Post by Mountain Lion » Wed Dec 20, 2017 4:13 pm

I have heard exactly the same thing about jacketed bullets vs. lead bullets. I have only shot the black powder, lead shells through my carbine and rifle with no adverse effects. I have purchased and had good luck with ammunition from Buffalo Arms. See https://www.buffaloarms.com/45-70-gover ... ogx4570405

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Re: Springfield model 1873,question

#6 Post by davew » Sat Dec 23, 2017 4:22 pm

It was up for auction. It was a cut -down, the bids went higher than I thought it was worth, so I passed on it.
At least I have the information I need to bid on the next one, thanks to the people who answered my question.

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