I have been trying to read as much as I can before I post and it is not easy. Sometimes I learn more by being wrong because when I am wrong, I get corrected fast rather asking a question and no one answering.
Anyhow, I have and have read the following books and articles;
Archaeological Insights into The Custer Battle, An Assessment…1984…with foldout map
Archaeological Perspectives on the Battle of the Little Bighorn…1989
Uncovering History, Archaeological Investigations…Bighorn…2013
Analysis of Ammunition Components from…Rosebud…2013
Systematic Metal Detector Survey and Ass…fire…Rosebud…2016
Archaeological Mitigation of the Federal Lands…Bighorn…2006
One Hundred Years of Winchester…1856-1956…Ray
Emails with Dr Scott
Museums are no help
Ray sent me a signed copy of his book back in April…THANKS RAY!!
My OCD is killing me and I am wanting to learn all I can about the first years of the Winchester 73’ 44/100 and up to about 1875.
Like has been said in various topics and replies…I am getting conflicting reports and information on this cartridge. It has been said that the very first short lived Milbank primed cases may have been a mix of copper and brass cases. None of the three Milbank Primed cartridge boxes contain Milbank primed cartridges.
From what I could find, all of the reports from Bighorn claim 25 cases found linking to 11 rifles. If anyone ever sees any in-corrections please tell me so I can correct them with your corrections.
At some point, at least one case was found at Rosebud linking to a separate 12th rifle. Totaling at least 26 cases and 12 Winchester 1873 rifles documented.At least one Archaeologist claims that the 220gr bullets were also used in the 73’s but since it could not be confirmed, and no other bullets were found…they set claim to them being fired from the 60’s or 66’s. Conflicting answers claim all of the cases were Milbank primed while other information says at least a few were Milbank primed cases.
There is also some vague information out there that the earliest cartridges were paper patched.
This information is just not out there on the net and those that do know, are gradually going to that great shooting range in the sky.
Does anyone know if there are actually Milbank primed cases in existence?
What was the first bullets used?
The Winchester 44/100 box does not show and exposed lube groove as does the second style box. I see there are some second style boxes out there as well as the three first style boxes. What bullets were used in those cartridges?
I almost purchased an 1875 box of Winchester Swaged bullets but just couldn’t justify the cost. I am not a collector of artifacts, just a collector of accurate and correct information. It’s my hobby that started with antique airplanes (Fairchild 24’s, WACO’s) when I was a kid that has moved to the 44-40. I do have some replica boxes I made so I can enjoy them and not have to worry about messing up a $400…$6,000 box of irreplaceable history!
Transferring information from my notes to the computer, website…and forums…can result in typos and accidental inaccurate information.