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Cav_Maj
06-02-2006, 01:49 PM
Greetings All,
Does anyone have any experience with the plastic Maynard cartridges being sold by Lodgewood Mfg.? Are they reloadable like the black plastic Smith cases and what color are they? How well do they stand up to repeated firings? I know that I can get the brass cases from Dixie ($3.75 ea) S&S ($1.75 ea) Lodgewood ($1.20 ea @100+ or $1.25 ea 1-99) and the plastic cases ( 0.28 ea @ 100+). I can see having a few brass cases for living histories to show what the round looked like, but for reenacting in the field, I'd much rather lose a 28 cent case instead of a buck twenty five case. Thank you in advance for any information / insight you can give.

Brian Woodyard

Richard Schimenti
06-02-2006, 03:13 PM
A friend of mine has the plastic cartridge cases that he uses for his Smith Carbine. He was just telling me at a parade that we were at on Memorial day, that he needs to repalce them. He said that he has had them for three or four years, so it seems that he has gotten his moneys worth from them.

Rich Schiment
2nd Kentucky Cavalry, Co. D "Morgans' Raiders"

Curt-Heinrich Schmidt
06-02-2006, 07:37 PM
Hallo!

I have not tried the plastic Maynard cartridges. When I shot an original Maynard I used turned brass cartridges.
I have used the white plastic Smith cartridges for years in excess of 15,000 live rounds. I found that the cheaper versions without the metal grommets in the "touch-hole' burned through and enlarged over years of use while the grommet ones resisted enlarging very well.

Curt-Heinrich Schmidt

Cav_Maj
06-05-2006, 01:05 PM
Gentlemen,
Thank you for your replies, but, I'm afraid that they missed the mark a bit. I'm well versed in the qualities of the Smith Carbine cartridge (I own two Smiths). I am using the Smith cartridge as an example. What I was asking was, are the plastic Maynard cases as rugged as the plastic Smith cases? I would like to hear from someone who shoots a Maynard on a regular basis and uses the plastic cartridges vs. the turned brass cases for blanks as well as for live firing. Thank you for your time.

Brian Woodyard

jbrown
06-08-2006, 11:19 AM
I regularly use a Maynard carbine for mounted cavalry. I found that the plastic cartridges did not hold up as well for the Maynard as the plastic Smith cartridges do for a Smith carbine. After about 3 or 4 re-uses they tend to get weak and flare out on the edges making them difficult to go in the breech quickly. I switched back to the brass cartridges.

Red Brown
2nd US Cav Co H

VaTrooper
06-10-2006, 11:17 PM
Rich Schiment
2nd Kentucky Cavalry, Co. D "Morgans' Raiders"


Off topic.....but im guessing you'll be attending Morgans Raid this fall.