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    Inspect that brass!

    I'm loading some 44-40s and what I thought were Rem-UMC modern "cowboy brass" were actually Balloon Head originals. This one has SS pins stuck in it!
    Only two; I loaded the other one (just to say I've done it).
    All my years and these are the first I've seen.

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    I actually have quite a few old balloon head cases in 45 Colt. Might be some in 44-40 too. No, I don't use them; just keep 'em around for sentiment.
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    I found one more; Peters headstamp. I remember Elmer Keith writing that the balloon heads were good for BP loads mainly.

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    Yep, best for black powder. More can be fit into balloon head brass than modern brass. That allows full-power loads for the old timers.
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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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LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
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