Did General Custers men have repeating rifles at the Little Big Horn battle?

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Did General Custers men have repeating rifles at the Little Big Horn battle?

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No. The Army issue was a breech loading single shot .45 caliber rifle. The spent cartridge had to be ejected manually. The Native Americans had stolen Winchester .30 caliber repeating rifles, although not that many of them. The slow reload time for the Army rifle and the overwhelming superiority of numbers of Native Americans are what determined the battle.

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