Black Powder Catridge

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The Norwegian government started selling the 12 mm Remington rolling block rifles out of service early in the 1900s. This is the story about their civilian use... Read the article

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Part three in the series about the Jarmann rifle focuses on the Swedish three-band naval Jarmann. This rifle is one of 1000 that were manufactured for the Swedish navy in 1883 and is quite similar to the one issued to the Norwegian army... Read the article

Paper patched bullets – Published 27 November 2010

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Today, only the most hardcore enthusiasts use paper patched bullets, but during the childhood of the metallic cartridges in the 1870s and 1880s paper patched bullets were the norm. But what is a paper patched bullet? Read more on how to make and load paper patched bullets and ammunition... Read the article

Useful Reloading Equipment – Published 22 September 2008

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There is a lot of available reloading equipment for the black powder cartridge shooter. Much of it is for the especially interested shooters and most ordinary shooters can do without too much equipment. However, reloading equipment can be time-saving and may even enhance accuracy. This article presents some of the useful reloading equipment I use... Read the article

The Springfield Trapdoor Rifle – Published 17 September 2008

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The Springfield Trapdoor rifle was a result of the need of the US Army for a breech-loader that could be fired with metallic cartridges. The plans to adopt a breech-loading infantry rifle were started as during the Civil War (1861-65), and gunsmiths from all over the world were invited to submit suggestions for a new rifle mechanism. This is the story of the Springfield Trapdoor... Read the article

The Jarmann rifle - Part 2 - Shooting – Published 12 September 2008

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The 10.15 x 61 cartridge for which the Jarmann rifle was chambered for was also used in numerous civilian firearms, for example, rifles made by Lars Hansen Hagen and Hans Larsen. This article deals with the reloading and shooting of the Jarmann rifle and the 10,15 x 61 cartridge... Read the article

The Jarmann rifle - Part 1 - Background history – Published 11 September 2008

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Norway was one of the first countries in the world, perhaps even the first, which adopted a repeating bolt action rifle for the armed forces. The rifle was invented by the Norwegian engineer J. S. Jarmann, and was adopted in 1884. The rifle was modern in 1884, but already obsolete in 1894. This is the story of the Jarmann rifle... Read the article

Sharps Model 1874: Part 1 - Background History – Published 4 September 2008

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During the 1870s and 80s a widespread slaughter of the American bison decimated the herds to near extinction. The professional hunters used powerful single shot breech-loading rifles, most often in calibre .50, .45 or .44. The most legendary rifle used on the buffalo ranges was, perhaps next to the Springfield Model 1873 'Trapdoor' and the Remington rolling block, the legendary Sharps Model 1874... Read the article

Sharps Model 1874: Part 2 - Shooting – Published 4 September 2008

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The second part of the Sharps rifle article focuses on the practical use of the rifle. In this article we take a look at the different components that are needed when loading a black powder cartridge for a Sharps rifle: powder, brass, primers, bullets, bullet lube, and wads. As an example a .45-70 Shiloh Sharps is used... Read the article

The 12 mm Remington rolling block – Published 24 November 2007

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This article deals with the Norwegian and Swedish Remington rolling block rifle. The Remington rolling block is an American design, but was adopted by the two Scandinavian armies in 1867. The calibre was 12 mm Remington, also known as 12,17x44, 12,17x42, 12,7x44, 12,7x42 or 4'''. Read this article to find out more about the history and the practical use... Read the article

.577/.450 Martini-Henry Rifles - Part 1 – Published 24 November 2007

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The Martini-Henry rifle was the British military service rifle from the end of the 1880's. It served on all continents and was a powerful and reliable rifle. This article is the first part in a series of two on the Martini-Henry rifles. This part deals about the background history of the Martini-Henry rifles... Read the article

.577/.450 Martini-Henry Rifles - Part 2 – Published 24 November 2007

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This is part two of the .577/.450 Martini-Henry article series. While the first part dealt with the background history, this part deals with the practical use. You will learn more about bullets, cases and what you must to make you Martini-Henry rifle work at the shooting range... Read the article