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Thread: WTB: repro Spencer carbine in .45 LC

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    Default WTB: repro Spencer carbine in .45 LC

    I know this is a long shot, but as the title says, I would like to buy a repro Spencer carbine in .45 LC. I have an original and it is converted to centerfire, but it is just too pretty for me to beat up while riding a horse. An absolutely ideal situation would be to find one in Virginia and we could meet face to face. However, if a deal exists, I'm willing to go the shipping route through an FFL.

    I can be contacted through a PM here or by email, clbopp1@yahoo.com

    Thanks,
    Chris

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    Skipper
    You might want to post your wants over on the cascity.com under forum, then "spencer shooter society". They talk Spencers, over their, buy, and sell also.

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    Chris
    Just out of curiosity what are you going to use for blanks in a .45 Spencer?
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    Quote Originally Posted by major View Post
    Chris
    Just out of curiosity what are you going to use for blanks in a .45 Spencer?
    .410 Fiocchi work in a friends Henry in .45 Colt.
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    Chris
    I tried to use cut down .410 shells in a .45 LC Spencer and the breach would not close. I use cut down .410 shells in my 44-40 and they work great. If you are interested you can read an article I wrote about making blanks out of .410ís for my Spencer. Here is the link.
    http://www.9thnycavalry.webeditor.co...r_article.html
    Terry
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    Terry,
    I have read all of the different websites and articles (mainly yours and Andrew Bresnan's) concerning blanks for these and when I balance equipment, time involved in manufacturing, the amount I will actually shoot, that I personally can't stand the look of a red hull for my impressions, and that I reload .45LC for live fire (another use for the .45LC Spencer), I intend to use the more expensive .45LC blanks from places like Atlantic Wall Blanks. It is getting sad but $0.55 a shot is not too bad to me when I balance all of the other factors. I am already paying that and more for some calibers with WWII reenacting so this is not really a financial shock.

    I am open to other alternatives, but the wait for reloading dies and accessories or the wait for someone who is willing to reload 56-50 blanks for me is too long since my future participation in reenactments may be significantly reduced when I get orders to move again next summer. I need something to use in the fall 1864 events and the final eastern 1865 campaigns. I will also be using this from horseback and I have seen how my Sharps has been beaten up from riding and horse sweat so I don't want to risk my original.

    Chris

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    Quote Originally Posted by USMCSkipper View Post
    Terry,
    I have read all of the different websites and articles (mainly yours and Andrew Bresnan's) concerning blanks for these and when I balance equipment, time involved in manufacturing, the amount I will actually shoot, that I personally can't stand the look of a red hull for my impressions, and that I reload .45LC for live fire (another use for the .45LC Spencer), I intend to use the more expensive .45LC blanks from places like Atlantic Wall Blanks. It is getting sad but $0.55 a shot is not too bad to me when I balance all of the other factors. I am already paying that and more for some calibers with WWII reenacting so this is not really a financial shock.

    I am open to other alternatives, but the wait for reloading dies and accessories or the wait for someone who is willing to reload 56-50 blanks for me is too long since my future participation in reenactments may be significantly reduced when I get orders to move again next summer. I need something to use in the fall 1864 events and the final eastern 1865 campaigns. I will also be using this from horseback and I have seen how my Sharps has been beaten up from riding and horse sweat so I don't want to risk my original.

    Chris
    Chris,
    You do realize that the blanks for the Spencer have to be the same length as a loaded round. That would mean you would have to use the 5 in 1 blanks and not .45 Colt blanks made from .45 cases. Atlantic Wall's .45 Colt blanks, I think, are made using .45 Colt cases for use in revolvers. Just saying.
    Andrew L. Bresnan
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    I do realize that. He has done special requests before for other odd weapons and I was first going to see if he could do longer but have other sources for 5 in 1 blanks. My comment about me reloading .45 LC was to show that I am set up for live fire in this caliber already without investing more when it comes to shooting this for other purposes as well.

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    Chris
    I have been known to sell my blanks (cut down .410's for the 44-40) in the past. I get $45 per 100. If you are interested maybe we could work something out. Of course finding a Spencer carbine in either caliber is difficult at the moment.
    Terry
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    Terry,
    I REALLY appreciate that offer. I am having difficulty finding any repro Spencers right now. I am also having difficulty finding 44-40 live rounds while I can find 45LC all over the place and I have reloading stuff for the 45LC. My father picked up a 44-40 Henry before Christmas and every couple of weeks I stop in several gun shops and have not found 44-40 for him on any of my trips. That is a big part of why I am leery in purchasing a 44-40.

    Chris

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