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I have an 1884 Springfiled Cadet rifle that I shoot.

Chambered for the 45-70 round.

I cast my own bullets so I pulled out the 530 gn mould and cast 100 heads.

Loaded up 50 with 60gns of FFg.

Firing all over the place.

Read up on the Springfield rifle and the Cadet's sights were registered for the carbine load.

405 gn bullet on 55gn FFG

The bullet needs to be of the hollow base type.

Does anyone know where i may be able to find a mould for this bullet?

Chris
 

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I thank you.

I have been looking everywhere with no luck.

Case of seperating the wood from the trees.

Seems so simple now.

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Hey Mr Merde

I have this mold myself, only used smokeless, but have shot some good groups with it.

regards

Rich
 

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Sir: You'll find a lot of great info in the .45-70 book from Pat Wolfe.
Keep in mind your trapdoor might have be as big as .464 in the grooves. You want soft lead and black powder to obturate.
 

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Thanks Oregon Bill,

I got that book. Its how I found out the Cadet rifle was registered for the carbine load.

I do use soft lead.

Looking for the hollow base mould as the original was such and an aid to obturation.

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if you ever run across a cadet stock for a 1884 trapdoor let me know. I need one for my cadet- somewhere in its history someone cut the stock down and cracked it- looks of it it was a longtime ago. I would love to find the right stock.
 

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if you ever run across a cadet stock for a 1884 trapdoor let me know. I need one for my cadet- somewhere in its history someone cut the stock down and cracked it- looks of it it was a longtime ago. I would love to find the right stock.
Have a look on Trapdoors.com

He seems to get a lot of good stuff and may be able to help. I will keep an eye out also.

So you have one of the 20,000 Cadets made. Welcome. 1/2 a million Trapdoor rifles made and only 20,000 of this version.

Something like the US army's third longest issue rifle.

Sweet.
 
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