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Thread: Win 1894 38-55 load

  1. #1
    Boolit Buddy
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Red Deer Alberta

    Win 1894 38-55 load

    Worked out a load yesterday for my Grandpa's 38-55 using a .381 size FN cast bullet @ 273gr with GC. With 18gr of SR4759 it shot 1.2" at 100 yards off the bench out of a 26" rifle.Not sure what the velocity will be but suspect around 1400 fps.RCBS was kind enough to send me at no charge a larger seater die to accommodate the fatter bullets.Starline long brass was also used with Federal LRP's.Only have a lb of this discontinued powder but thought I'd use it up till it's gone.Perhaps I'll get to introduce it to a moose next fall?

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    Boolit Master

    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Excellent accuracy and shooting that old girl..
    Better than my Marlin CB using a scope..
    I need to get a larger seating die myself..
    Every time I look at the RCBS "Cowboy" die set the vendors are out of stock..

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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