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Slaget ved Little Bighorn


26. June 1794

Slaget ved Fleurus
Slaget ved Fleurus var et sammenstøt mellom styrkene til den første franske republikk, under general Jean-Baptiste Jourdan, og den første koalisjonen (Storbritannia, Hannover, De forente Nederlandene, og Habsburgmonarkiet), ledet av prins Friedrich Josias von Sachsen-Coburg-Saalfeld. Det var det avgjørende slaget i felttoget i Flandern i Nederlandene under revolusjonskrigene.

Begge sider hadde styrker i området på rundt 80 000 menn, men den franske siden konsentrerte styrkene mer effektivt. Koalisjonens nederlag førte til tapet av de østerrikske Nederlandene og til De forente Nederlandenes undergang. Slaget markerte et vendepunkt for de franske styrkene som i resten av krigen mot den første koalisjonen var på offensiven. Franskmennenes banebrytende bruk av observasjonsballongen l'Entreprenant og markerte den spede starten på den moderne luftkrigen. Dette var første gang et luftfartøy hadde innflytelse på utfallet av et slag.

25. June 1876


Slaget ved Little Bighorn
Indianerne knuste den amerikanske hæren i slaget ved Little Bighorn. I slaget møttes rundt tusen sioux-, cheyenne- og arapaho-indianerne det amerikanske 7. kavaleriregiment under ledelse av oberstløytnant George Armstrong Custer. Det amerikanske kavaleriet var sendt ut av den amerikanske stat for å stoppe gruppen av sioux- og cheyenne-indianerne, som ble ledet av blant andre Sitting Bull og Crazy Horse.

Amerikanerne hadde ikke ventet at indianerne hadde samlet så mange krigere som de hadde, og gjorde mange feil da de skulle disponere og plassere troppene sine. Custer beordret blant annet at styrken skulle deles i to, noe som skulle vise seg å bli fatalt for gruppen under hans ledelse. De ble drevet opp på en høyde der til slutt alle som en ble drept av indianerne, som angrep fra alle kanter.

Seieren førte til at den amerikanske staten ble sterkt provosert og sendte inn større styrker for å stoppe det som ble oppfattet som et indiansk overtak. Frykten som ble vakt, med store overskrifter i avisene, skapte en ny bølge av indianerhat blant de hvite, med mord og massakrer i kjølvannet. Indianerne som hadde slåss ved Little Bighorn, inkludert deres leder Sitting Bull, var stadig på flukt.

Mens Sitting Bull og hans stamme flyktet til Canada, overgav de andre seg på grunn av sult og sykdom som følge av militære nederlag. Sitting Bull vendte noen år tilbake til USA og overgav seg til myndighetene.


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    The Jarmann rifle - Part 2 - Shooting

    Category: Black powder cartridge
    Published: 12. September 2008 by Øyvind Flatnes.
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    Jarmann

    The 10.15 x 61 cartridge for which the Jarmann rifle was chambered for was also used in numerous civilian firearms, for example, rifles made by Lars Hansen Hagen and Hans Larsen. It was decided as early as 1877 that the calibre should be 10.15 mm, when the joint Norwegian-Swedish gun committee found that this would be the most appropriate military calibre for the future.

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    You can read more about the use of the Jarmann rifle, as well as other early military repeating black powder rifles in the brand new book From Musket to Metallic Cartridge: A Practical History of Black Powder Firearms.

    Loading 10.15 x 61 cartridges is no hocus-pocus. Brass, bullets and die sets are not common, but not impossible to obtain either. A die set is not necessary if you use a single shot rifle (see the chapter on loading black powder cartridges in the black powder book. In that chapter you also learn how to paper patch bullets).

    The loading components

    Brass can either be fireformed from .348 Winchester cases or you can buy 10.15 x 61 Jarmann brass from Bertram Brass. .348 Winchester is also often used to form brass for the 12 mm Remington as well, which was the Jarmann rifle's predecessor. Fireformed .348 Winchester brass is a tad shorter compared to original brass, but they do the job as good as anything. The '61' in '10.15 x 61' is the cartridge length in mm by the way. There are also bullet moulds available. Jämttången manufactures Jarmann bullet moulds, and as a joint effort some shooters from this web page have ordered a bullet custom bullet moulds from Lee for the Jarmann. Contact me for more information about this mould. See the bottom of this article for other moulds you can use.

    Loading for the 10.15 x 61 Jarmann

    Jarmann

    10.15 x 61 Jarmann die set
    from CH4D.

    Die set can be made on special order from RCBS, or the American company 4D. The latter is the most economical, but it is still rather expensive. Today it is priced at $110, but when I bought it was $145, so it is going in the right direction. To the right you can see a picture of my CH4D Jarmann die set. If you are going to use the Jarmann rifle with the repeating mechanism a die set is a necessity to prevent the bullets from separating from the cases inside the magazine.

    As you could see in part 1 the original powder charge varied from 68 to 78 grains of black powder. This may be a good starting point. The Jarmann rifle never used grease grooved bullets, but relied on a paper patched lead slug that weighed 337 grains. If you use a paper patched bullet it is important to use some sort of lubrication behind the bullet, for example, a grease cookie. In part 1 you can read the measures that were taken in 1889 to improve the accuracy with the help of extra lubrication.

    The first bullets I tried in my Jarmann were swaged bullets from the Norwegian company Parabellum, now called hjemmelading.no. These were sold both lubed and unlubed, and the diameter was 10.30 mm. The lubed bullets had no traditional grease grooves but were knurled to better hold the lube. I used brass from Bertram, and the brass had to be fireformed. I loaded eight cartridges with 70 grains of Wano PP with a bee's wax wad over the powder, a wad of SPG lube on top of that again, then a new bee's wax disc which was placed under one of the greased swaged bullets. At this time I hadn't received my die set, so it was a bit difficult to seat the bullets because of the tight case neck.

    Jarmann Jarmann

    Paper patched swaged bullet from Parabellum,
    the same bullet lubed with SPG bullet lube
    and an original steel jacketed bullet to the
    right. On the picture to the left you can see
    a black powder cartridge with a paper patched
    bullet next to an original smokeless cartridge.

    The first shots were fired from a bench against the standard UIT 50 metre pistol target at 50 metres (55 yards). I aimed at 6 o'clock and the accuracy was fairly ok. I started with a clean barrel and the first two shots ended up a bit further to the left from where I aimed. The five next shots grouped within an inch, while the last shot was the poorest and ended up to the left of the group. There was some leading with these knurled bullets.

    The next thing I tried was the same load and bullet, but the bullet was sized to .401" (10.19 mm) with a Lee lube and size kit. The bullets were paper patched to 10.34 mm, and they were still too large to fit in the case. When this article was written I still waited for my die set which would have been useful in a situation like this because I could have used it to flare the case mouth. Instead I tried an experiment that I didn't believe much in before I started it: I ran the paper patched bullets through the .401" sizer. The sizing went well, but the accuracy was poor (see the picture of the target). I did not recover any of the paper patches, probably because it stuck to the bullet because of the heavy sizing. At best, the accuracy was miserable.

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    The first shots from my Jarmann rifle. On the picture to the right you see a comparison between the first group and a target shot with heavily resized paper patched bullets. In other words, the latter experiment was no great success.

    Update

    Jarmannblink After this article was written I have tested the rifle some more. The target to the right is shot at 50 metres. Four shots are in the same hole, while a flier down to the right ruins a potentially very good five shot group. Load: 70 grains of Wano PP black powder, paper patched swaged 337 grain bullet sized to .401" before patching, Federal Magnum #215 Large Rifle primer. The wad column consisted of a bee's wax wad on top of the powder, a grease cookie and a milk carton wad.

    I have also found several other bullets that may work in a Jarmann. The bullets below are examples of bullets I have tested in 10.15 x 61 Jarmann:

    Jarmannkuler

    From the left: Lyman 403169, N.E.I. 350 411, N.E.I. 350 411 sized down to .401" (10,19 mm), Clarry Haglund Marmann bullet and paper patched and naked swaged 337 grains bullet from Parabellum.