Hello all, I have a local friend that wants to load some stuff for his original 38/40 Winchester. I am assuming it's an 1873. He was wanting a little advice on this. My experience with this caliber,and especially with original leverguns, is limited, so I thought I'd turn to you guys on the forum here that have had some experience with loading for these leverguns. So, what we'd like to know:
1) Brass--it looks like our best option is Star Line, any suggestions on the best/easiest place to order this?
2) Is it safe and/or wise to use smokeless loads in an original 1873? If so, what are some of your favorite loads?
3) What are some of your favorite boolits for this caliber? Will some of the stuff out there for the 40 auto's work OK in these leverguns?
Any other help or advice would be appreciated. I don't really like to re-invent the wheel, when others have already done it.