Readers of the Civil War News have heard from fellow correspondent Joe Bilby about Greg Edington's and the Rifle Shoppe's (Jones, OK) efforts to produce in kit form a faithful reproduction of an Austrian Lorenz Musket. Greg is in the process of assembling all the necessary parts in one place, and as you read this it is hoped that the last few pieces (but important pieces, alas) will be on hand and ready to go.
I personally consider this a major breakthrough in reenacting and skirmishing arms production. Greg has proved that one individual, or a small group of individuals, can set out to produce a historically accurate reproduction of a military arm and succeed. Mr. Eddington has used many different sources to produce the required components, and this has caused some time delays. However, Greg has persevered and now succeeded.
Greg has used top notch suppliers to provide his barrels, stocks, castings and other components. Look for the Lorenz Rifle Musket Kit to be a big hit in the reenacting community, especially with units like the 6th New Hampshire Vol. Inf. that. originally were armed with Lorenzes. More than 300,000 Lorenzes were used in our Civil War on both sides.
Greg has even recreated a .54 bullet just for the Lorenz, which carried a big punch due to it's slow twist. The load had to be supersonic to stabilize the bullet, creating quite a bit of muzzle energy in the process.
For an up-to-the-minute report on Lorenz Kit availability, access Greg's homepage at Bridesburg Armoury, which can be found at http://members.aol.com/Andrew4244/index.html.
Fellow writer Tony Beck says he has been using the mould this summer, and is completely satisfied with the quality of the mould. Tony tells me that the mould has an expert finish, like all RCBS moulds, and a coat of Rapine (r) Mould Prep was all that was required to get this steel demon to throw perfect bullets every time. Tony even liked the bullet for his Spencer, but warned that the nose may be a little pointy for work in the magazine tube.
Tom Magno of the Dismal Swamp Rangers was so enamored with the new mould that he's telling everyone on the N-SSA Bulletin Board that he won two medals with the new bullet this summer. Seems Tom used the projectile in his original Smith, and even with a pitted bore shot a 93-2X and 93-1X at 50 yards. That's pretty good shootin' with any bullet, but Tom credits the new RCBS.
Until the next time, promote responsible gun ownership, shoot safe and have fun.
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