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Thread: Mod 94 Win now a .38-55

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    Mod 94 Win now a .38-55

    Hope this is the right thread to make the comments about JES reboring. Just had a Win Mod 94 .30-30 converted into a .38-55. Sent it away per his instructions and got it back in 24 days. Workmanship seems absolutely top shelf. Haven't shot it yet. Just prepared a few 326-407's and the .375 Lee boolits to try. Now comes the long road of load development. Whoo hoo! I need to review our archives for info on that. So much fun and so little time..................... 725

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    Sounds awesome and what a great caliber.

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    Congrats,
    I am just starting to load for the 38-55 as well.
    Keep us posted on the load development.
    Failure is not an Option

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    I was planning to send a Marlin 336 to him to bore out in the next week or so, and then my refrigerator decides to give up the ghost last night. It just happens that a new fridge is almost exactly the same cost as a rebore, dies, brass and bullets.

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    I have a Marlin 336 Texan that is in line to visit JES and grow up to be a 38-55! Pls keep us posted on load development. I have Lee dies (think JES was less than impressed with at least the older Lee dies for 38-55) and the Lee mold.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dekeshooter View Post
    I was planning to send a Marlin 336 to him to bore out in the next week or so, and then my refrigerator decides to give up the ghost last night. It just happens that a new fridge is almost exactly the same cost as a rebore, dies, brass and bullets.
    But the rifle should last much longer.....
    I'm jealous; I want a JES 35-30 or 38-55 lever action to keep my Win 94 30-30 company. It was a gift from my dad and it's pre 64 so it stays as is. The .358 he did for me is amazing.

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    I was doing several conversions of 94 wins to 38/55 for local Ohio deer hunters. They were buying
    barrels, forarms, tenons, and shell guides from Numerich. I think they had in neighborhood of 250
    in these parts plus the cost of a used 94. It has fizzled out now since the market has filled with
    legal Ohio rifles. I wasn't impressed with the barrels from Numerich, they weren't Win barrels. I
    don't know any of the guys I did them for bragging about accuracy. I think I would send my rifle
    to JES. Being able to save 250 on parts and their reputation for accuracy would put you ahead of
    the game.

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    38-55 is a great way to go!!! Both BP or Smokeless!! Ol Deuce
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    Be interesting to see how popular they are. Buying a new one would be difficult but JES seems to crank out a few. As a 38-55 owner I am glad to see the popularity as I can keep it shooting then. Maybe J bullet companies will start remaking a few 38 bullets. 38-55 is very good with just cast. My Lee mold works just fine.

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    Don't intend to shoot anything but cast once mine is done. Going to cast only in 30-30s and def cast only in 45-70s. Same eventually with 32 WS and 35 Rem.

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    Lucky dog 725 is.
    I had a spare post 94 beater here for many years ~well that was up until last year.
    Foolish me I gave it away.
    "JUST A OLD DEPLORABLE THAT'S IRREDEEMABLE."

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    Just how I feel, OverMax. Yesterday, I got my .38-55 in the mail and got my .357 Max to shoot one holers (at 25 yards). Next I'll be off to the real range for distance shooting. It was a good day.

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    19-21gr of 4198 or 20gr of 5744 do well in my Win '94 38-55 JES rebore. I have 5 different molds to use and all shoot good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WALLNUTT View Post
    19-21gr of 4198 or 20gr of 5744 do well in my Win '94 38-55 JES rebore. I have 5 different molds to use and all shoot good.
    Perfect. Have a lb of 5744 to play with. And hope I can work a load with RL7. Have well over 2 lbs of it. And pretty sure it will shoot!

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    oscarflytyer & WALLNUTT -- Which boolits (or bullets) are you using? I have a bullet of 315 grains that I want to try and I have the lee .375 which is about 240 grains or so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 725 View Post
    oscarflytyer & WALLNUTT -- Which boolits (or bullets) are you using? I have a bullet of 315 grains that I want to try and I have the lee .375 which is about 240 grains or so.
    I have the Lee mold. Hell, I gotta get the rifle bored first, lol!

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    725 - what groove id you get yours cut at? 3, 4 or 5? My understanding is they are work perfectly fine, and the 3 groove is fine for cast.

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    I have never done a Marlin 336 conversion. If you have one rebored to 38/55 how much work
    has to be done to action?

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    My Win '94 required no action work. A friend has had 2 Marlins rebored and neither of them required action work. All have fed and fired fine. My molds are Lyman 375248, Lyman 37583, Noe 379279PB, Accurate 38-230E, and a Saeco 240 from years ago designed for 375 super mag revolver. I have the LEE bullet but don't care for the mold itself. The design seems OK. 3 grooves are plenty.

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    38-55 is the parent case to the 30-30 so anything chambered to the 30-30 will work fine with no action work.

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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
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GC Gas Check