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Question #116 posted on 08/20/2003 midnight

Dear 100 Hour Board,
Where and how did soldiers in the civil war load bullets (and what kind of bullets?) into their "1860 - Spencer Repeating Carbine" rifles?
- John Browning

A: Dear Mr. Browning, I thought you of all people would know the answer to this. Anyway, the 1860 Spencer rifle was one of the first rifles to utilize shells. The bullet (usually a 50 caliber slug), powder, primer, and percussion cap were all contained in a shell. These shells could be loaded individually or in a cartridge (about five shells) through the butt of the rifle. I suppose soldiers loaded them before they went into battle, and as needed thereafter.
- smokeless