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|Very good link TD...thanks! It surprised me that the 1873 Trapdoor Springfield gave them a higher rate of fire over the Spencer Carbine over the course of a battle. It must have taken some time reloading the Spencer Carbines magazine.
I can understand patrolling the plains you would want a longer range rifle than the Spencer's 300 yd range. From what I'm reading the Trapdoor had almost twice that range. From what I've read Custer's troops were the last to be equipped with the Trapdoor rifles. That some of the rifles they were issued were rejects from other regiments who found them to be defective....nice. Plus something about the grains in the cartridges were too high and it contributed to fouling up the rifle.