Trapdoor and 1873 Peacemaker

Discussion in 'Centerfire Pistols & Revolvers' started by Big Mak, Jan 6, 2017.

  1. Big Mak

    Big Mak Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Nov 14, 2014
    Washington State
    A couple of outdoor photos today. Last photo shows the new holster.

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  2. gdmoody

    gdmoody Moderator Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2007
    Athens, Georgia

    I want that rifle.
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  3. sharps4590

    sharps4590 Well-Known Member

    Aug 10, 2013
    Missouri Ozarks
    Talk about going together like peanut butter and jelly....excellent!!!!!!!!!!!
  4. cpt-t

    cpt-t Member

    Aug 19, 2012
    Wichita Ks
    Big Mak: Nice looking Pistol and Rifle. I just got an original Trapdoor Rifle myself that is, IMHO Outstanding condition also. I have yet to fire it. It has just been too darn cold here in my part of Kansas to go to the range. I will be using a load of 35 grs of IMR 3031 and a 405 gr Hard Cast LRNFP Bullets. What is your reload for your Trapdoor Rifle, and just what kind of range do you shoot your 45-70 Trapdoor at. I am hoping to be able to hit the Steel Silhouette Targets and Steel Hanging Gongs at 200 to 300 yds. On somewhat of a regular basis at the range. I am a real 45-70 fan and have several of them. And I have been shooting and reloading for a 45-70 for many years now. The load We use is both very comfortable and very accurate for Me & my Son.
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  5. Big Mak

    Big Mak Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Nov 14, 2014
    Washington State
    Hi Cpt-T
    I reload both smokeless and black powder using 405 gr and 500 gr bullets.
    For smokeless I like AA5744. A bit spendy, but very clean burning and it meters well for a pellet-type powder.
    For BP, whatever my local store has in stock. My last 150 rds were Old Enfield 2F powder with 65 grs, compressed, using a vegetable wad between the bullet base and the powder.

    Regarding distance, 100 and 200 yards depending on which range I'm at.
    Im sure you will discover that a stock front sight will shoot very high at 100 yards as these rifles were designed to starting shoot accurately at 200 yds in battle ready position.

    If you find you're having issues with accuracy at 100 yards I have a friend that will make you a custom set of Titanium front sights and you can experiment. $35 for 4 titanium sites is a pretty good deal. I found the .304 height optimal while zero'ing in the Buffington sight at the 200 mark. (at 100 yds, I adjust it to 200, at 200 yds I adjust it to 300 yds.

    This video is a 200 yard range while I was shooting in a CMP Garand competition. I came in last naturally but not by too many points!
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