1868 Expedition to Abyssinia, which resulted in the death of Emperor Tewodros II and the total destruction of Magdala. Robert Napier's force of 13,000 soldiers, of regiments from India, were armed with Sniders. British casualties were 2 killed and 18 wounded, while the Ethiopians lost 700 killed and 1,400 wounded.
In New Zealand, they were issued to the remaining British regiment in 1867, but due to the self-reliant policy the 18th Regiment was confined to garrison duty in the major towns, while the New Zealand government forces, still armed with Enfield muzzle loaders and Calisher & Terry carbines, fought a war against Maori (adherents to the Hauhau religious cult) in South Taranaki, suffering several defeats.
The New Zealand Herald newspaper bemoaned the fact in late November 1868. -
THE SNIDER RIFLE – A SUGGESTION.
We (New Zealand Herald) call special attention to the great advisability of obtaining say a thousand Sniders for our [Colonial] troops. They would be of enormous service to them, and it is our duty to give them the very best weapon we can put into their hands. The 18th Royal Irish have them, but they are not permitted to use them against the Queen’s enemies in this colony. They were used against Theodore, who simply imprisoned a few persons, and kept them captive8. Could not the Governor order the 18th to use their weapons against the Hauhau murderers of the Queen’s subjects? Or is the Governor’s policy a do-nothing one?