A friend , who was deployed in Iraq at the time, had ordered a Taylor and Co. Spencer, and asked asked me to make up some ammo for it, so when he got back he could shoot it. I got some bullets from local Montana caster, some Starline brass and proceeded to load some rounds. When I went to test fire, no bang. I looked at the round in the chamber and the firing pin had hit the very edge of the primer. I advised my friend of the problem and he said he'd have his wife ship it back to Taylor and Co. I'd have loved to have shot it. I'm thinking I'd have preferred a Henry if I'd wanted a repeater during the Civil war, though. Best cavalry arm of the 19th century ? I'd vote for the Krag-Jorgensen .30/40.