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Dr. Juan Member Posts: 53 ✭✭
edited October 2011 in Black Powder and Cowboy Action Shooting
Can I safely shot the Hornaday lever loads in my Trapdoor rifle?
respond. Thanks for any help.
You asked this question last week, and we told you no. It's not going to change this week.
Not trying to give you a bad time, just wondering why you asked again.
You didn't say if your gun is an antique or a new production replica. If it's a new replica gun you could use modern cowboy loads in it.
Getting the best out of an original Springfield is nearly a handloading only situation.
The 1873 Springfield "trapdoor" is a notoriously weak design, compared to more modern designs.
It's fine with black powder, and perhaps light relatively light charges of smokeless. Or perhaps not.
The late gun writer Elmer Keith felt that the Trapdoor was not strong enough for smokeless powder. All he'd shoot in his originals was black powder and lead bullets.
You can argue old guns vs. modern reproductions, and the improved metallurgy in the latter, but the limiting factor is the design, not the steel involved.
I have a Trapdoor, made by H&R, I purchased new in 1977. It looks and functions like new because I don't take chances with it. If I want to soup a .45-70, I use my 1970s Marlin 1895.
Buy a newly made 1895 Marlin if you need more power. The Trapdoor is for fun, not power.