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Old November 7, 2009, 05:04 PM   #1
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Spencer or Trapdoor Springfield?

Can't decide which of these to get as my next Cowboy rifle. .45-70 seems less of a hassle that 56-50.
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Old November 7, 2009, 05:44 PM   #2
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My dad bought two of these H&R Officers model trapdoors my brother has one and I the other, I shoot mine use Goex BP loads in 45-70. It's a ball to shoot hits where aimed. I like the 45-70 just because ammo is readily available.

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Old November 7, 2009, 06:48 PM   #3
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Lots of rounds short distances,Spencer, Single shot long(er) range Trapdoor.
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Old November 7, 2009, 07:37 PM   #4
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Lots of rounds short distances,Spencer, Single shot long(er) range Trapdoor.
+1.

I've also got an H&R Officers Model Springfield and use it for Plainsman matches and shooting Plainsman category at some monthly SASS matches.
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Old November 7, 2009, 08:14 PM   #5
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What LoneRanger says. BTW, Custer's 7th Cavalry were armed with Spencers up until one year before Little Big Horn.
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Old November 8, 2009, 01:54 AM   #6
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What LoneRanger says. BTW, Custer's 7th Cavalry were armed with Spencers up until one year before Little Big Horn.
Like trading in a M1928 Thompson for a M1903. Depending on what you're doing it could be a very good or a very bad switch.
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Old November 8, 2009, 06:20 PM   #7
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The Trapdoor isn't legal as a main match rifle, while the Spencer is. I've shot my 56-50 in matches and my times went from the mid-30 second range to over 100 seconds, but I had more fun than anybody else.

Kudos for typing the caliber right too! (It's 56-50, not .56-50)
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