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  1. Just as an FYI, I just looked it up in Lyman's 50th, and the only "dash" cartridges listed that use a "rifle" primer are the 25-20, 32-20, & 32-40, all of which have no listing in the Pistol section. Having bought my 1st .44-40 3 years ago, I knew that it was a rifle cartridge & have loaded 'em with rifle primers. Since the only firearm I own in the .44-40 is an AWA Lightning used in WB, they've worked fine. They've always "felt" flush as I check them before loading... But, after reading this thread, I went & checked, yep, my rifle primers range from flush to .012" proud. Checked some once or twice fired brass I just cleaned yesterday, (wet tumbled with pins, so very clean primer pockets & they range from .120" to .130" in depth. In a sample of 35 rounds with all measurements taken against the side of the primer pocket, 24 of them measured (on my dial caliper), either .120" or .119". 10 measured .123 & one measured .130. Yep, I'll be switching to pistol primers the next time I load. I'll keep these for single loading at the range. Or not! I may have to test some pistol primers & have a look see what they work like!
  2. I can only speak to my .40-90SBN Express... but as a general rule, as bullet weight goes up, so does recoil. The only exception is when the powder charge is dropped to compensate. 30 years ago when I shot BPCRS, an 80 to 120 round match didn't bother me much with 370 grain bullets and 90 grains of BP, (2F, about all that will fit in the case)... with a muzzle velocity of 1590 ave., it was fine, seated, standing, but prone... you know you've slung some lead downrange after sighters & a 10 shot string. Now, 30 years later... no thanks, you won't see me shooting prone at all. Even off a bench, it can be brutal after several rounds. Downloaded... no thank you, in my case any filler is not recommended in a bottle neck case, as they can create an obstruction behind the neck and my Shiloh will become so much scrap metal, not to mention probably bad for my health. Even with smokeless, powder positioning can make a big difference in performance. There isn't any published smokeless data that I've found anywhere for this round. I've been able to duplicate my BP performance with 5744 using .45-70 data as recommended by Shiloh when I took delivery of the rifle back in 1987. Frankly, I can't think of a reason I'd ever want more cartridge than a .45-70 in my 1886 Browning rifle.
  3. Finding someone that reloads to mentor your learning process in that endeavour will oftimes mean that you load your ammo with your components on their equipment until you acquire your own equipment. My B-I-L mentored me back in the 1970s, long before I started CAS, and left me his equipment when he moved out of state. Many years later I was able to pass along that original equipment to my other B-I-L as he gained an interest in reloading. When I decided I needed to upgrade my single stage equipment to progressive, a couple of cowboy shooters allowed to watch their loading processes and equipment, enabling me (I think) to make a more informed decision. I used to say that a new reloader should start out on single stage equipment, but no longer feel that way if they're responsible and can pay attention to details. The same steps are taken in either a progressive or single stage, just that with a progressive several are condensed to one cycle of the handle. I still believe that a well equipped reloader will still have a need for a single stage, or two! Oh yeah, the reason for the post? Your reloads WILL pay for the equipment in savings within the first year of shooting monthly matches, and everything after than is simply "profit". I have several guns that have never been fed a single round of factory ammo. And my wallet has always been the better for it!
  4. cannot be answered accurately without seeing its condition. At best you'll get a range.
  5. I count 10 shots per target with a fairly wide spread laterally on each target. Were all shots out of the same gun, or were two guns used per target? Were the same bullets used with each load (BP & APP), or did you use a different bullet with APP? What distance were the targets? I haven't seen where you answered the question about lube... I still strongly suspect it is a lube issue, or differences in bullets or POI between two guns.
  6. Might spiffy there Scarlett! Congrats on a new technique learned and apparently, mastered!
  7. Picking nits: If you have Army grips on your single action... it ceases to be a SAA clone. It's just another SA with Army grips.
  8. Think donkey, pack saddle, saddle bags and couple of scabbards. The original "all-terrain" self-powered gun cart.
  9. 2nd most... when you get really crazy, buy a horse and try mounted shooting... then you're havin' FUN!
  10. 2nd most... when you get really crazy, buy a horse and try mounted shooting... then you're havin' FUN!
  11. On it's way. I didn't search the whole book, but found it listed for .38Spl and .38Spl+P, .357 Mag, .41Mag, .44Mag, & 45ACP as well as 45 Colt for Ruger or Contender pistol only! I'd be a little cautious loading it. Good luck.
  12. ā†‘ā†‘ā†‘ This! While my suppository (cartridge) gun holster are by other makers, my slim jims for my 1851s are El Paso Saddlery. Hint: Lined holsters hold their shape better. Their website is easily navigated. epsaddlery.com
  13. Lyman 2nd Ed Shotshell Handbook, lists load for paper .410 C.I.L. Imperial cases.
  14. Sedalia Dave beat me to it. Speer #11. If you're interested, I can scan some pages and email them.
  15. My son started when the lowest age allowed was 12, late 1980's... He was ten, so he only shot local matches, there was no Buckaroo category, so he shot as a Junior. I got a Stoeger Uplander, (with it's longer barrels easier to open), and cut the stock to fit him. At about age 14, I replaced the stock with a replacement and he used that until he quit. A few years later someone on the Wire asked about shortening a stock for his son, I sent him my son's old one; hopefully he passed it along when it was outgrown.
  16. You can slow the speed of the videos down to 1/2 or 1/4 speed and watch the technique. VERY helpful!
  17. My Sharps is 35 years young... I've never used Windex, with or without vinegar... the part to cuts BP fouling is water... plain and simple. Hot is better than cold, but cold works also... Rinse out with water, brush, then wet patches, until clean, then dry patches until dry, then a lubed patch with whatever lube you prefer, I use Thompson Center's "Bore Butter". A dry patch before the next shooting session and all is good! (Cleans out whatever dust settles in the greasy bore while sitting in safe)!
  18. Or... gawd forbid, you let yourself be comfortable with whatever level you attain and enjoy the blessing of being able to be out amongst folks that are enjoying themselves also! Life's too short to stress over hobbies! Yes, I've quit trying to shoot every stage in exactly 60 seconds, and am letting myself shoot at whatever comfortable speed catch happens on any particular stage! If you don't have oodles of time to practice... so why worry! Show up, help out, shoot, do a little socializing!
  19. Oof, that sounds an awful like a "man-on-man"?
  20. Griff

    44-40 crimp

    If you know how to set up a seater/crimp die, by all means use it. However, if you never check brass length before running 'em thru a progressive, do as suggested above and do the crimping in separate steps. Myself, I learned how to load on a single stage press and fewer steps is mo' betta' in my book. But, then I also only load in batches of 500 or more... I'm only feeding one 44WCF rifle, I don't bother to load after every match, where I'm only loading 120 rounds, so maybe the extra step is unimportant! I was told all the horror stories about loading 44WCF, and find that using a little care and not rushing works wonders ... My RCBS Cowboy dies on the Dillon work great.
  21. Not Dead Ed, sorry. I misread your first post, somehow I read "not' in that sentence.
  22. Prayers up for a speedy recovery for my friend... hope Tex can survive without her for a while... (doubtful)!
  23. Get a roll crimp die. I find cleaner brass with a firm roll crimp with light charges... plus both recoil in a handgun and tube magazines need a good crimp for the bullet to stay in place. Probably more important in the rifle than the pistol, but...
  24. Au contraire. https://www.henryusa.com/rifles/the-original-henry-rifle/ I personally dislike Henry Repeating Arms and their sales tactics, don't really care for their "Big Boy" rifles, wish they'd own up about the origins of their .22 levergun... but... I applaud their adherence to their motto.
  25. My understanding is that they're made in Rice Lake, WI. I picked up across the street from them a few years back, and wanted to take a factory tour, but didn't have enough time.
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