I am seeking any information (or suggestions for sources) on the .45 cal rifle ammunition that was used in the Rigby B.L. match rifles of the 19th century. Technical drawings, photographs …?
I understand this used a straight solid drawn case 2 9/16" (or approx. 2.6") long similar to the 2.6" Sharps Straight. According to Kirton’s “The British Falling Block Breech-Loading Rifle” this fired a paper-patched 480 grain round nosed lead bullet with a charge of 83 grains of black powder.
Lieut.-Col. H.Bond’s 1884 “Treatise on Military Small Arms and Ammunition” says the case was loaded with - “charge 85 grains powder; bullet, 530 grains in weight; point ogival, rather acute, and hardened by a certain process which gives them a specific gravity greater than the alloys of lead and tin in general use.”
According to an article publishd in the New york herald in 1876, “the Rigby bullet is hardened with quicksilver, the percentage of which has not been altered for years”. This was with reference to the muzzle loaidng match rifle, however, quicksilver is a common name for the chemical element mercury. Can anyone confirm the use of quicksilver with the Rigby bullets?
Thanks for any comment.