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PostSubject: Rolling Block Rifles/Carbines   Rolling Block Rifles/Carbines EmptyMon Sep 09, 2013 4:35 pm

Where any Rolling Block Rifles/Carbines used by the Colonial forces during the Anglo Zulu War?

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PostSubject: Re: Rolling Block Rifles/Carbines   Rolling Block Rifles/Carbines EmptyMon Sep 09, 2013 4:56 pm

"The Remington Rolling Block rifle produced by E. Remington and Sons (later Remington Arms Company) was one of two rifles probably used more than any other by the buffalo hunters who hunted the American bison herds in the 1870s and 1880s. The other rifle was the Sharps Rifle. This series of rifles was made in quantities and exported to other countries. They are also in a variety of calibres some of the more common was .45-70 or 11mm, or the later model such as the Remington model 6 which was in .22 calibre. Many were used by Argentina before being replaced in 1891 by the new 7.65mm Mausers.
The rolling block is one of the strongest actions ever designed. Due to 19th century techniques, as with most vintage firearms produced for black powder cartridges, rifles and pistols manufactured using this action during the 19th and early 20th centuries may not be suitable for modern, high powered ammunition. Rolling block rifles were made for smokeless powder cartridges. A rolling block is a form of firearm action where the sealing of the breech is done with a specially shaped breech block able to rotate on a pin. The breech block is shaped like a section of a circle. The breech block is locked into place by the hammer, thus preventing the cartridge from moving backwards at the moment of firing. By cocking the hammer, the breech block can be rotated freely to reload the weapon."

Possibly the odd one or two colonials may have had them, but not standard issue!
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PostSubject: Re: Rolling Block Rifles/Carbines   Rolling Block Rifles/Carbines EmptyThu Sep 12, 2013 6:20 pm

I seen a rolling block in 43 Egyptian caliber with boer carvings on the stock at a gun show. so we know some were in the country
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