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M1973 Trapdoor Drop-in ML Barrel

Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by arcticap, Mar 18, 2010.

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  1. arcticap

    arcticap Member

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    There's an interesting .45 caliber drop-in muzzle loader barrel for the M1873 Trapdoor rifle for sale on Gunbroker that includes a conversion hammer. The description makes it sound like it's an uncommon product to find for sale, especially for a reasonable price. Does anyone know how well these conversion barrels fit into the M1873 stock or how accurately they shoot?
    Has anyone ever heard about one of these drop-in barrels before?

    Here's the product description for auction #160945860:

    http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=160945860

     
  2. BHP FAN

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    odd,but kinda neat.still,I can buy a lotta brass and 2f Goex for a hunnert bucks.I guess if a fella didn't reload, or had a Trapdoor that was broken or had safety issues [broken hinge] a muzzle loading barrel would bring a wall hanger back into use.Some of the early Trapdoors WERE actually converted from muskets,so I'm guessing you could call it poetic justice.
     
  3. cheatin charlie

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    Those kits were sold by Numerich Arms. I remember in the late sixties you
    could buy the barrel and hammer to convert trapdoor rifles. A local
    gun store/museum had one for sale with the original trapdoor parts back
    in the day. I passed and wished I hadn't. The place was in Ohio and
    was owned by Tom Pike who has passed away. Some of you old
    timers may have heard of him.
     
  4. BHP FAN

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    I'd like to do a Gemmer Trapdoor one of these days.
     
  5. zimmerstutzen

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    Dixie gun works sold those conversions back in the 1970's and as I recall, until about 1986. I have a bubba trapdoor conversion. Some idiot chopped off the action and installed a breech plug in the hole.
     
  6. BHP FAN

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    Over on Gunboards there were THREE barreled actions.There's still one left if you hurry.
     
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