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  • marlinman93's Avatar
    11-29-2018, 09:10 PM
    Too small, too big? Wrong rim size? Maybe need to do a chamber cast to see what your gun's chambers are. But be aware that new brass rarely drops in any chamber designed for that brass. It almost always needs to be run through a sizing dies first....
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    11-26-2018, 12:41 PM
    I've got a Rem. #1 Rolling Block that was once a .38 RF and was chamber sleeved and converted to .22LR. It's a very accurate gun, and never an issue with a sleeve. But if your gun has a good bore and chamber in .43 Spanish, I think the cheapest...
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    11-23-2018, 11:11 AM
    The 33 is straight grip, and the 33A is pistol grip like the picture I posted of mine above. Some are full stock, and some half stock, in either style 33 or 33A.
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    11-22-2018, 01:17 PM
    Although the 33's started out as BP rifles and cartridges, they can handle reasonable smokeless rounds with no issues. I've only used smokeless in mine with .38-55 smokeless data as my basis. I'm not sure when the Swedes went to smokeless? I know...
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    11-20-2018, 05:55 PM
    You can indeed cut back the 9.3x72R, and the .38-55 brass also works if your chamber accepts the larger rim. Some have fairly forgiving rim cuts, while others don't. But either way the 9.3x72 will work for sure. I use 250-255 gr. bullets in mine,...
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    11-20-2018, 12:33 PM
    No, and the cartridge you have is much hotter! I own and shoot/load for a Type 33A Husqvarna Rolling Block. Mine is the pistol grip, full stock version. Mine is also a .375" groove, so really a 9.5x57R. Need to slug the bores on those Type...
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    11-17-2018, 01:39 AM
    I agree that it will probably be a very tough sale at list price. But often these guns hit the market at about 20% less than suggested retail, so maybe at under $2,000 they might be a little more attractive. I personally would rather find a decent...
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    11-16-2018, 03:54 PM
    If you can locate an AWA SAA clone I'd grab it. In my opinion the American Western Arms clones were the finest clone ever built, and might even be better than the original Colt. I've owned an AWA with 4 3/4" barrel in .45 Colt for years, and it's...
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    11-16-2018, 03:46 PM
    For plinking loads in my S&W 25 in .45 Colt I prefer 185 gr. or 200 gr. SWC cast. I load them with 6.0-6.5 grs. of Red Dot and they shoot tiny little groups.
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    11-16-2018, 03:39 PM
    Tough to say what your particular gun can digest, and feed reliably. So I'd try some various bullet shapes to see what it likes. You can always sell whatever doesn't work, and keep those that do. I've always had great results with 185 gr. and 200...
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    11-15-2018, 02:09 PM
    Maybe you can get your hands on a few bullets of the size you need and make up a cartridge to check? That's probably the only real way to know, as other's guns could be slightly different than yours.
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    11-12-2018, 07:33 PM
    I'd agree that a long 34" Creedmoor barrel would be overkill for 100 yds. or less. And also agree on the .40-50 Sharps Straight being a really great cartridge! I've only owned one in that caliber for about 18 months, so still working on it. But I'm...
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    11-12-2018, 02:11 PM
    I personally love long barreled single shots. I wish I could find even more, but most aren't good for offhand work with std. weight barrels that long. My Hepburn Match B is the exception as it has Remington's Creedmoor barrel on it, so it's under 10...
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    11-12-2018, 12:30 PM
    You can also buy drill rod to do the conversion, and it's cheaper to buy a length of it than a good drill bit usually costs. I buy it in 24" lengths from a seller on Ebay. I also plug the extra hole when converting to CF. I use a piece of rod...
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    11-12-2018, 12:23 PM
    I believe the Creedmoor version is also a 34"? If it's true to Creedmoor rifle types it should be 34". If it is, it's not the best choice for offhand work, unless they lighten the contour to keep it under the 10 lb. original Creedmoor rules....
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Abbreviations used in Reloading

BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
C Compressed Charge PR Primer SPCL Soft Point "Core-Lokt"
HP Hollow Point PSPCL Pointed Soft Point "Core Lokt" C.O.L. Cartridge Overall Length
PSP Pointed Soft Point Spz Spitzer Point SBT Spitzer Boat Tail
LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
GC Gas Check