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    .52 rimfire cases

    I like civil war carbines. So many are in .52 rimfire. Dixie make cases.

    Does anyone use these. What was your results. What is your opinion.

    Thanks in Advance

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    I use adapters to shoot my family of .32 Long rimfires. They work just fine. Only tip I have to offer - I use 6mm "acorn blanks" in the adaptors to light the fire, instead of .22 blanks or Ramset-tool charges. Much, much easier to decap after firing. www.gundogsupply.com has 'em. A bit more expensive but worth it.

    My loads are all smokeless powder. In the big CW .52-size shells you might best stick to the Holy Black. Did those use a heeled bullet?
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    My .52's a muzzle loaders.
    Recently been experimenting with the Lyman/Ideal #533476. Was surprised with how well it swaged down to .519 diameter.
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    If you're so inclined I'd be interested also in what kind of boolits you're using in your carbines.

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    I am not to that point yet. I am looking at different carbines. I am partial to the Triplet and Scott. I know that I wont be able to use the magazine to its fullest extent. I will have to position the cartridge with the right place under the hammer.

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    I can’t help you with your question but I dig a bunch of .52 cal civil war bullets metal detecting
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    Its amazing how much history is inches below our feet. There was a really interesting show in Britain called time team. Almost every episode was fascinating.

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    I'm not familiar with the Triplet & Scott but you indicate it's a repeater. I'm wondering if it is possible to make up a new breech block to convert it to center-fire like the Spencer. If so then you have to find a suitable case to use but that problem should be easy enough to solve.

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    https://guns.fandom.com/wiki/Triplett_%26_Scott_Carbine

    Weird design. Innertube sources mostly say it was made for the .56-50 Spencer cartridge.
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    I think it is really interesting. If you made it a centerfire, then 56-50 center fire would be the way to go. But I wouldn't want to so highly modify an original gun.

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    Agreed. Especially that one. Can't be more than a handful that have survived.
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    It appears to be a twist barrel type where you turn the barrel to the side eject the empty then turn it still farther and load a cartridge from a tube magazine in the butt. I saw a similar one 30 + years ago that was made by Parker & Snow? It appears you will be shooting it as a single shot. I too would be hesitant to modify it. What a fun and interesting carbine.
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