No patches used. The bullet gets a circle of bullet lube(heavy cream form) around it's perimeter, tamp, fire.
- You using cloth wad or patch? I had read during studies of the civil war many time during battle wad was not even used. Cap, powder, ball and tamp. I was never willing to test it though. Good to hear it still shoots straight.
I'll guesstimate about 30-40 seconds. But that's being pretty deliberate(careful). Putting the lube on might add 6-8 seconds.How long does it take to load with bullet lube? It has been years since I have shot black powder.
Thanks Mike. It was a fun project.The worst part of shooting is the cleaning when you get home. Lol
Nice job on the Springfield, Ellis!
One of my older brothers use to hunt deer with a modern muzzleloader. After hunting he would remove the barrel and submerge it under water in the bath tub to clean it. At the time I thought it a bit odd, but can appreciate it now, lol.Yes the black powder is a pain to clean out. There use to be a special bore cleaner to remove it. Cleaners for todays powders don't work as well.
Yes, they're mine, Mike. The 45-70 cartridge is a horse. When you look at it, you just can't imagine what it must be like to be hit by it. I have two Trapdoor 45-70's. One is an 1884 model. The other, which is the one I shot, is an 1888 model that has a relatively sloppy bore, and is what I'll call a 100 yd rifle. They are wonderful to shoot, having the feeling of shooting a musket, with the smoke and smell, but the convenience of a cartridge and firing pin.Do you own these two rifles, Ellis? How did they shoot? The 45-70 is quite a cartridge.
Most of the German Militia (Verteidigung Kries Kommandos) would have had weapons that were not current during WWII as armaments were sent to front line forces. I had the pleasure of doing shooting with the VKK when I was stationed in Germany.The question is that since it was built in 1878 and would have served in WWI, what was it still doing in WWII, especially since Mauser had updated with the model 98 which was a repeater with a magazine. I did read that some 71s that survived WWI were restored, and stockpiled, so I guess that it's possible that some of these saw service in WWII, maybe as things started falling apart for the Nazis. (?)