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  • 35 Whelen's Avatar
    07-16-2018, 12:03 PM
    Do yourself a favor and get a powder that will work efficiently with your the 45 Colt. Red Dot, and 700-X are my two favorites for duplicating the original load, both will do it using only 6.0 to 6.5 grs. of powder (yielding over 1,000 loads per...
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    07-13-2018, 11:46 PM
    35 Whelen replied to a thread 73 Winchesters in Leverguns
    Somewhere I saw a column or article that detailed the differences. I'll see if I can find it. 35W
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    07-11-2018, 12:45 AM
    35 Whelen replied to a thread 73 Winchesters in Leverguns
    I own two original 1873 Winchesters rifles (24" bbl.'s)both in 38-40, one made in 1886 and the other in 1890, and two Uberti's, an 1866 Sporting Rifle in 44-40 and an 1873 Carbine on .44 Magnum. I've also had a few other 1873 Uberti's pass through...
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    07-01-2018, 06:16 PM
    Thanks, Walks. All that practicing at 50 yds. finally paid off! Walks, the 45-270 SAA was designed by Dave Scovill, editor of Handloader magazine, specifically for the Colt Single Action Army, therefor it will fit in the cylinders of Colt's and...
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    07-01-2018, 06:01 PM
    35 Whelen replied to a thread 38wcf or 44wcf in Leverguns
    I bought my first 1873 Winchester in 38-40 for one reason only; the caliber is more plentiful and firearms chambered therein are usually less expensive. That was seven 38-40's ago and I love the caliber. Maybe someday I'll buy an old '73 Winchester...
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    07-01-2018, 05:38 PM
    I have both calibers, and I shoot 45 Colt handloads by the hundreds, but the 357 is infinitely more versatile. Last year I shot a hog with the 357 and she died just like she was supposed to. 35W
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    07-01-2018, 05:33 PM
    35 Whelen replied to a thread Navy arms 1873... in Leverguns
    I personally don't care at all for the new Winchester 1873's as they're more a "resemblance" of the original 1873 than they are a reproduction. The Uberti's though are true to form, in my experience. I don't have a 1873 in 44-40, but I do have...
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    06-23-2018, 05:16 PM
    First of all hogs aren't as hard to kill as everyone thinks, so you don't have to load the 45 Colt to the gills....unless you just want to. This ol' girl met her demise compliments of a .44 Special delivering a 248 gr. SWCHP plodding along at...
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Shooting, reloading, hunting, reloading, bullet casting, reloading.
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"Only accurate rifles are interesting." -Col. Townsend Whelen.
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BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
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