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    Yesterday, 12:02 PM
    Early DuPont Powder Guide Does anyone have a date for this publication?
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    03-09-2019, 01:30 PM
    It ain't purdy but I finally took the scope off my Marlin 1894CB.....got some of those glasses with the tiny holes and now I can see the rear sites. If I knew a tang sight would help....but this will work.
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    03-07-2019, 05:01 PM
    Savvy Jack replied to a thread reloading 44-40 in Leverguns
    New Starline brass batches I have purchased ranged from 1.297 to 1.300. Other brass from 1.292 Other "crumples" folks have is trying to shove a .430 bullet into a .427 sized mouth. For .430s one needs Cowboy dies rather than Lee dies that resize...
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    03-07-2019, 04:57 PM
    Savvy Jack replied to a thread reloading 44-40 in Leverguns
    Nah, on cases that are mixed matched lengths, I just keep it set to crimp at 1.300". I have loaded thousands and only crumpled three cases
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    03-06-2019, 06:34 PM
    Savvy Jack replied to a thread reloading 44-40 in Leverguns
    I really don't know yet. Only things I can think of would be a different brass "metals" and or the powder wrapping around the primer as it ignites. Another consideration is the soft lead expanding creating more resistance rather than hard lead...
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    03-05-2019, 05:51 PM
    Can't teach kids noth'n!!! yeap, there never was a short colt but there were shorter cartridges that fit .45 "Colt" chambers that actually had their own names. 45 Colt 45 Schofield 45 S&W 45 ACP 45 Colt Government
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    03-05-2019, 04:52 PM
    There is no short, so there is no long No such thing as a 45 Long Colt because there never was a 45 Short Colt.
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    03-05-2019, 11:35 AM
    Apparently it bothers you if you replied. Yeap, it bothers me...hehehehehe No ammo box anywhere ever was called a 45 Short. In the photographs I see exactly what you have, a 45 Colt, 45 S&W, 45 S&W and a 45 Colt. You left out the 45 Colt...
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    03-03-2019, 01:55 PM
    Savvy Jack replied to a thread reloading 44-40 in Leverguns
    Here is a few black powder rules for ya! 40gr by volume of Swiss FFG under a Lyman 427098 dumped into original early unheadstamped 1880's semi-balloonhead brass with about a .18" compression of the powder propelled by Winchester WSPM primers from...
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    03-02-2019, 07:34 AM
    Savvy Jack replied to a thread reloading 44-40 in Leverguns
    Its a great cartridge too when using smokeless powder rules ;-)
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    03-02-2019, 12:07 AM
    Savvy Jack replied to a thread reloading 44-40 in Leverguns
    Thanks guys Below is a link to Driftwood Johnson's post about crumpling the case mouth do to seating the bullet to deep while roll crimping https://thefiringline.com/forums/showpost.php?p=6080494&postcount=18 The 44-40 Winchester cases are so...
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    03-01-2019, 09:37 PM
    Savvy Jack replied to a thread reloading 44-40 in Leverguns
    Here is a crude but functional video loading Trailboss and the BigLube bullet. My tang gets tungeled up a few times. A few simple rules in order to get along with the 44-40 handloading process. Use Starline brass. Starline is not as thin...
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    03-01-2019, 09:13 PM
    https://saami.org/technical-information/ansi-saami-standards/ The 454 is listed as a pistol cartridge https://saami.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/ANSI-SAAMI-Z299.3-CFP-and-R-Approved-2015-12-14-Posting-Copy.pdf page 24 the 45 Colt (not...
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    03-01-2019, 08:17 PM
    Savvy Jack replied to a thread reloading 44-40 in Leverguns
    I got your email (private message) and replied but I am not sure it sent. The 44-40 is not hard to handload as long as you follow a few simple rules. Outpost's article can be found here: PART I...
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    02-28-2019, 07:55 PM
    21 people voted for the 44-40....hmmmmmmmm
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    02-27-2019, 08:09 AM
    Just curious if anyone else has tried these yet!
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    02-22-2019, 11:10 AM
    The cap
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    02-22-2019, 09:49 AM
    Was Dupont #2 labeled as such or was it labeled Shotgun Powder? Or does someone have a good photo of a #2 can I can use?
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    02-20-2019, 09:32 AM
    Another great oldie I never saw. Yeap, it was said that Dupont #2 had the same burn rate as IMR4227 and Sharpshooter/SR80 had the same burn rate as 2400, ironically both "Magnum" powders.
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    02-17-2019, 03:52 PM
    Savvy Jack replied to a thread 44-40 +p? in Leverguns
    Loaded up some 230G's with 26.5gr of Reloder 7. Cases capacity with the base of the bullet sitting firm on top of the powder. Starline Brass CCI-300 primers 1.297 case length 1.600 AOL bullets resized to .429 230gr length .650
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    02-16-2019, 11:30 PM
    Savvy Jack replied to a thread 44-40 +p? in Leverguns
    The 43-230G appears to be one I have yet to run through the MGM barrel. I shall do that next weekend!!
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    02-16-2019, 08:21 PM
    Savvy Jack replied to a thread 44-40 +p? in Leverguns
    As they should be if the chamber is cut for .429 bullets. "Tight" in most of our conversations, typically refers to original 44-40 specs to accommodate Winchester factory .425 JSP bullets to which a .429 will not chamber...especially with thicker...
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    02-16-2019, 07:09 PM
    Savvy Jack replied to a thread 44-40 +p? in Leverguns
    Sorry Hootmix, I somehow missed you post but Outpost75 nailed it!! Unless you understand at any point you could hurt or damage things, stick with the published loads. If my numbers are correct........ Today I spent the morning at the range again...
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    02-16-2019, 11:46 AM
    Savvy Jack replied to a thread 44-40 +p? in Leverguns
    Yeap, I could not get them to chamber all the way in the MGM barrel at the range. I thought they would work but I should have tried inserting the firing pin thingamabob in the shop! That last little bit just wouldn't go!!! I did get some great...
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    02-16-2019, 08:10 AM
    Savvy Jack replied to a thread 44-40 +p? in Leverguns
    If you don't hear from me by noon, send out the posse!!! I loaded up two cartridges using resized 44 Mag WW Super cases in an RCBS 44-40 resizing die.. The WW Super cases are thicker, I think...than the Starline 44-40 cases. The cases are shorter...
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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
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