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VERY EARLY in the Sprinfield trapdoor rifle’s life, the army, recognizing the infantry model was too long and cumbersome for horseback use, developed a shortened, 41.3-inch version. These carbines are very hard to find and quite expensive when they are found.

stands tall at 51.9 inches. As with most of the cartridges of that era, the 45 means it fired a 45-caliber bullet, urged along by 70 grains of black powder. The bullet usually used weighed in at 500 grains, and was made of soft lead. Supposedly made with a .450 bore and a .460 groove diameters, this barrel mikes out at a very generous .466 inches. My favorite bullet is the Lyman number 457124, which I cast of ‘pure’ lead. The pressure created when the powder burns turns the soft lead into a ‘plastic plug’ so to speak, filling the bore very nicely. Does it work? Although I had to change the front ‘battle sight’ for one much taller, several 11/2-inch groups at 100 yards says it does. I feel a genuine respect and affection for this old rifle and its probable history. I will never change or alter its appearance, so my grandchildren will be able to enjoy it as I have been privileged to do. Very early in the trapdoor rifle’s life, the army, recognizing the infantry model was too long and cumbersome for horseback use, developed a shortened, 41.3-inch version. These carbines are very hard to find and are expensive when they are found. Cruising the aisles at a gun collectors show at the Expomart in Monroeville I happened to run onto another example
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that just shouted “Take me home!” I almost broke my arm making a fast draw with my wallet to pay the dealer the unbelievable sum of only $100. Originally an infantry model, someone had shortened the barrel of this particular gun to 25 inches, narrowed the steel butt plate and trigger guard, and fitted a piece of wood — from the forearm — into the stock, forming a great feeling pistol grip. The front sight was missing; a very small problem. Upon arriving home and anxious to see how it would shoot, I dug into my stash of spare parts and rescued a front sight removed from a Remington rifle. Falling back on the old standby, epoxy glue, I installed the sight where I thought it looked good and off to the range I went. (Twenty years later that front sight is still there — great stuff, that epoxy!) Even with my old eyes, accuracy was more than satisfactory. But then the thought struck me: Because the rifle had little value as a collector, why not ‘scope’ it? Returning to my gun room, (basement) I selected a 2x handgun scope, with a long eye relief. Joe McCrea of McCrea’s Guns in Fenelton drilled and tapped the extra hole needed for the scope base, and the scope was installed. The scope’s short length allowed it to be positioned so the breechblock would not hit it when flipped open. A big dot in the scope — covers six inches at 100 yards — completed what I call a great deer rifle. Not bad for a gun made in
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011

Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011
Myths & Legends of the Whitetail
Contents
Keeper of the Game in Potter County
Like Father, Like Son
Saying Goodbye
Killing and Betrayal on South Mountain
Memories of a Beech
Junior Varsity Geezers
Knives
The Trapdoor Springfield
Hunting “Horns”
Filer Road Incident
WCO David L. Grove Laid to Rest
Field Notes
Conservation News
Off the Wire
Another View
Fun Game
The Naturalist’s Eye
Straight from the Bowstring
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Crossings
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - Cover2
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - Myths & Legends of the Whitetail
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - Keeper of the Game in Potter County
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 4
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 6
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 7
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - Like Father, Like Son
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 9
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - Saying Goodbye
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 11
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - Killing and Betrayal on South Mountain
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 13
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 14
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 15
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 16
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 17
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - Memories of a Beech
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 19
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - Junior Varsity Geezers
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 21
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 22
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - Knives
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 24
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 25
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 26
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - The Trapdoor Springfield
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 28
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 29
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - Hunting “Horns”
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 31
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - Filer Road Incident
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 33
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 34
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 35
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 36
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - WCO David L. Grove Laid to Rest
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - Field Notes
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 39
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 40
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 41
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 42
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - Conservation News
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 44
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 45
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 46
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 47
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 48
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - Another View
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 51
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - The Naturalist’s Eye
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 54
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 55
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 56
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - Straight from the Bowstring
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 58
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 59
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 60
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 62
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - Crossings
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - Insert1
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - Insert2
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - Cover3
Pennsylvania Game News - Feburary 2011 - Cover4
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