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Old 11-24-2020, 11:23 AM   #1
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Default Antique Trapdoor fun with a Big Boar

A few years back I bought a model 1873 Springfield Trapdoor rifle. Didn't do much with it for a while but eventually thought it would be fun to hunt with the rifle responsible for nearly wiping out the American Buffalo. The original sites go from 200 yards to something like 1600 so I replaced the front site post with a taller one and zeroed it for 100 yards by shooting and filing the front site. Ammo is 405 grains in 45-70 caliber. The bullets are hard cast flat nose. At the range I was able to keep most shots in a 2.5 inch group.

I took my granddaughter deer hunting with the condition that if a big hog showed up I was going to take him with this 140 year old piece of history. Hard cast bullets are meant for penetration but I was a bit surprised that the exit wound was about the same size as the entry wound after going through this old boy's skull. He, of course, dropped on the spot.
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Old 11-24-2020, 11:27 AM   #2
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Very cool! Nice hog
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Old 11-24-2020, 11:27 AM   #3
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wicked cutters on that one
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Old 11-24-2020, 11:30 AM   #4
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I love hunting with old gun's.
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Old 11-24-2020, 11:40 AM   #5
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That is awesome! Congrats on the success with a piece of history


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Old 11-24-2020, 11:54 AM   #6
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Awesome!!!
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Old 11-24-2020, 11:59 AM   #7
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Looks like you killed a warthog. Awesome gun!
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Old 11-24-2020, 11:59 AM   #8
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That’s really cool!
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Old 11-24-2020, 12:01 PM   #9
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Skinny and long legs. Looks strange for a big but neat cutters for sure.
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Old 11-24-2020, 12:03 PM   #10
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That's really cool!!!
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Old 11-24-2020, 12:07 PM   #11
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Very cool! I have 2, one a carbine. Have 6 or 8 boxes of original ammo. Never shot either. Sister found a bayonet that I had never seen. Daddy probably knew to hide that from me
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Old 11-24-2020, 12:25 PM   #12
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Awesome!
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Old 11-24-2020, 03:07 PM   #13
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Good shooting. Now go do it again. KAP!!


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Old 11-24-2020, 03:14 PM   #14
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How cool!



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Old 11-24-2020, 03:17 PM   #15
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Very cool! I love hunting with the old firearms too.
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Old 11-24-2020, 03:34 PM   #16
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That sucker must have a tapeworm ! Big cutters though !
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Old 11-24-2020, 03:55 PM   #17
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I have an 1873 Springfield trapdoor that in 1973 I killed a deer with it and it has been in the safe since. did you load your own blackpowder bullets?
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Old 11-24-2020, 04:02 PM   #18
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Heck yeah!
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Old 11-24-2020, 04:29 PM   #19
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Nice, congrats
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Old 11-24-2020, 04:37 PM   #20
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Cool.
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Old 11-24-2020, 04:51 PM   #21
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Very awesome!!


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Old 11-24-2020, 05:07 PM   #22
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Sweet!
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Old 11-24-2020, 05:29 PM   #23
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Awesome! That thing has some cutters!
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Old 11-24-2020, 05:51 PM   #24
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Awesome!

Dang he’s got some cutters!
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Old 11-24-2020, 06:18 PM   #25
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I have an 1873 Springfield trapdoor that in 1973 I killed a deer with it and it has been in the safe since. did you load your own blackpowder bullets?
I used smokeless powder. 26 grains of Accurate 5744.
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Old 11-24-2020, 06:30 PM   #26
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Hell make a fine euro!

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Old 11-24-2020, 08:41 PM   #27
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Cool deal, pretty good tusks on that thing.
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Old 11-24-2020, 11:09 PM   #28
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Congratulations
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Old 11-24-2020, 11:20 PM   #29
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Very nice !
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Old 11-25-2020, 12:44 AM   #30
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Heck yeah! Good job!
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Old 11-25-2020, 06:39 AM   #31
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Congrats! Very cool.
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