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  • Savvy Jack's Avatar
    Today, 10:37 AM
    If the 44-40 has a tight chamber, the 45 Colt case will not fit. In a rifle, you may have enough "leverage" when cycling the action to force the action closed. The larger rim may or may not hinder fitting in some firearms. 44-40 Base - .471 45...
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    Today, 10:29 AM
    Best bet is to just buy 44-40 cases. They are out there, just not very affordable. The base of the 44 Mag case is smaller, it will expand inside the 44-40 chamber and cause a weak spot just foreword of the web. May or may not ever be an issue...
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    Today, 10:21 AM
    Follow Outpost's advise....however, if you ever desire a smaller diameter, you can always get a resizing die. You can size down but ya can never add to, unless you order another mold.!!!! If ever in doubt, get .428" and use soft lead. The soft...
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    Today, 09:12 AM
    Until we see photos of the headstamp, or no headstamp, it's just a guessing game. The 45 Webely was .770
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    Yesterday, 10:41 AM
    Winchester's 45 Colt Government cartridge is a late comer, but nothing new (per Frankford Arsenal). Still an all black powder load, was offered as late as 1925. 28gr Black Powder 230gr lead bullet Manufactured by several ammunition...
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    08-10-2022, 08:54 PM
    Savvy Jack replied to a thread Boxer Primers in Vintage Ammo
    Looks like Benet actually did apply for his April 1866 patent. I still need to get a copy of the back side of the page.
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    08-08-2022, 09:25 PM
    Savvy Jack started a thread Boxer Primers in Vintage Ammo
    Can anyone tell me the manufacture dates from and to, for Boxer's primers? Oct 1865 - I see documentation from October 1865 when Col. Boxer informed he was successful in making a cartridge for the Snider Enfield rifle. Aug 1866 - The Mark I...
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    07-28-2022, 09:33 PM
    I just saw a 44-40 contender barrel on gunbroker I think!
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    07-25-2022, 08:25 AM
    I'll give that a try sometime, I do have plenty of 4227
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    07-23-2022, 07:57 AM
    It's great to hear these good reports!! I tested one load last month or so with the pressuretrace. I think it is certainly good enough to test again sometime but I only had time to test this one load. 6.6gr Reloder 7 under 25gr of Goex FFFg...
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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
LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
GC Gas Check