.45-70 SPRINGFIELD—What kind of steel are the .45-70 Springfield Government rifle barrels made of? Will it shoot steel jacket bullets without injuring, if so, how many steel bullets will it shoot before the rifling gives way?
The old Springfield rifle .45-70 caliber was made of a good grade of steel, but was not intended for metal cased bullets. However, the smokeless cartridges do not have steel jacketed bullets, in fact no cartridge with which I am familiar has, but the bullet has a jacket of copper, or a composition metal of which copper forms a large part. The .45-70 Springfield rifle will stand thousands of rounds of this ammunition before it is worn enough to become inaccurate, but of course it will not last as long as when lead bullets are used.
Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.
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