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  1. I sold my .223 caliber bolt rifle to buy a .38-55, so I no longer have a need for these bullets.


    1.  One box of Barnes .224" 70 grain TSX BT (#22470), unopened 50 count.

    2.  One box of Hornady .224" 55 grain V-Max bullets.  Opened box of 250 bullets.  (I didn't count them, but I don't believe I loaded more than 10 or 20 out of the box.)

    3.  One box of Speer .224" 52 grain BTHP.  Opened box containing 90 bullets (I did count these).


    $65 for all plus $8.45 USPS shipping in a small flat rate box.  $73.45 total.


    Thanks for looking!


    --Doc Altman




  2. I load all my shot shells for cowboy and trap using an old DL-155.  My primer feeder doesn't work either so I fumble-finger them one by one.

    I've been able to scrounge a few parts on ebay, and Midway has a few random parts in stock from time to time.

    Good luck with it!



  3. Found another bullet that shoots well in my Winchester.  This was a Bear Creek 255 grain RNFP sized at .380" with longer Starline brass trimmed at 2.125", which just barely let me crimp into the crimp groove for an OAL of 2.540".  10 grains of Unique seems to be the magic load for this rifle.  About an inch at 100 yards, so I'm quite happy with that.  Velocity of this 5-shot group was 1244.6 FPS.


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  4. 1 hour ago, Jabez Cowboy,SASS # 50129 said:

    Are you planning to load Smokeless or Black , Lever gun or Single Shot ?

    Hunting or Target ?

    I have two lever guns , and for Hunting I push a 250 gr RNFP out the muzzle at 1,902 Fps.  , for Cowboy Long Range the same bullet at 1,506 

    I have 340 gr Semi Pointed Bullets that go out at 1,624 Fps. out of a 30 inch barreled Single Shot .


    Jabez Cowboy

    Thanks, Jabez.  I'm already loading for the one .38-55 that I own, which is a 1920 vintage Winchester 94 with 26 inch barrel and Lee Shaver sights.

    I'm still experimenting but loving the research and development.  My favorite load (so far) is 10 grains of Unique under a 240 grain Rim Rock RNFP at .381" using Starline 2.125" brass at about 1240 FPS.  That load is just a bit over 1 MOA when I do my part, but I haven't shot it at anything over 100 yards.


    I've been studying the caliber for a few months now.  Just wanting to read Ken Water's information for my own edification.



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  5. I'm searching for some of Ken Water's information on the .38-55.  I hate to buy his "Pet Loads" book for this one caliber, but it's looking like I might have to.

    I've seen links in old posts for PDFs of his info, but they all seem to be dead now.

    If anyone can point me in the right direction, I'd appreciate it.




  6. On 12/6/2021 at 9:49 AM, Snakebite said:

    I check every major site 3-4 times a day, and night. I've been doing that for at least the last 6 months and passing on the information of anything that I find to our club members. 99% of what I have found were the new CCI, I found a one time offering of the New Federal primers, and have NEVER seen any Winchester or Remington. The past few weeks, I haven't seen ANYTHING being offered. I also agree that in the long run we will see only one primer being manufactured. I also firmly believe that the same thing is now happening to MANY of the powders we are use to seeing. I do not expect MANY of the powders that are now unavailable to ever be offered again. The future is going to be loaded ammo and limited supplies for reloaders. I read and hear that the Big Daddy of the Powder industry claims that Reloaders are their target buyers, but I have a hard time accepting that. If it is true, I expect it will change. Again, IMO the only thing that is going to loosen things up just a bit will be dropping the embargo on the Russian primers and supplies, and some adaptation to the new EU powder standard that has stopped a number of powders being produced.  Without their presence of the off shore competition , we will never see the prices drop. We might see an increase in availability at some point, but you had better dig in for the long haul.  

    That's depressing.

  7. Not to throw a wrench into the works, but you might want to consider the length of the brass that you are using (especially if you are trying to work up a load in an older rifle).


    Original .38-55 cartridges were loaded with a 2.125" case.  In 1926, in an effort by the federal government to standardize cartridge specifications throughout the arms and ammunition industries, SAAMI was formed.  Sometime thereafter, and for some reason which remains unknown to me, .38-55 cartridge length was standardized to a length of 2.080" with a bullet diameter of about 0.3770".  Many rifles made before this time were manufactured with a bore in the neighborhood of 0.379" and thus require a bullet diameter a tad larger than factory-produced ammo of today.


    While you could write a book on this subject, there are a few key things to keep in mind.


    1.  You really need to know the true bore diameter of your rifle if you want to glean top accuracy from it.  Slugging your bore with a piece of soft lead and then measuring it is the easiest way to accomplish this.  With lead bullets, the best accuracy is generally achieved with a bullet that is .001 to .002" larger than the bore.  If you don't want to do that, several bullet manufacturers offer "sized" .38-55 bullets in diameters ranging from 0.378 to 0.382".  My 1894 Winchester was manufactured in 1920 with a barrel that slugs 0.379";  0.380" and 0.381" bullets shoot most accurately for me in that rifle.


    2.  A less understood problem is chamber length in older .38-55 rifles.  If you attempt to reload a 0.380" bullet in a standard, modern piece of .38-55 brass at 2.080", chances are good that it will not chamber in an old rifle.   In an effort to rectify this problem, many shooters have had their chambers reamed to make them longer.  An easier solution, and one that requires no modification of the firearm, is to use longer brass with a thinner neck.  Currently, the only supplier for this is Starline Brass.  These brass cases are 2.125" in length and have a very thin wall at the mouth.......so thin that they can be easily bent in shipping or by rough handling.  These two factors allow the handloader to utilize lead bullets that better fit the rifle's bore AND will chamber without problem.


    I'm certainly no expert on this subject.  These are some of the problems that I've encountered--and some solutions to those problems that I've learned about--while trying to develop an accurate load in an old rifle.


    For further reading, check out this link:




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  8. OnTarget Sights was what I was searching for.

    I've tried safety glasses with cheaters at the top, which work fairly well when I can force myself to put my chin down.

    Gold sharpie worked a little, but I really need a larger sight.

    Ultimately, I think I'll have to go to prescription lenses/trifocals, like Deacon suggested.


    Thanks for all of the help!



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  9. I'm looking to increase the visibility of the front sight on my Vaqueros.  I'm familiar with "Sure Hit" brass wraps for the front sight, but I'd like to look at other options before ordering a set.  I remember reading that someone was making a similar item but I can't seem to locate that maker.

    Any advice, information, or guidance would be appreciated.


    I'm certain this topic has been covered numerous times, but my searches here have been fruitless.




  10. Orphan Ruger Old Army small parts and springs looking for a home.


    Ran across these in a box of old parts last night.  I shot a Ruger Old Army through my college years (wish I still had it!) back in the early 80s.  I'd ordered a supply of spare small parts and springs from Ruger.  If I can read the postage correctly, they arrived from Ruger back in 1983.  Anyway, looks like I have the following:


    XR-46     Cylinder Latch Spring

    XR-41      Hammer Plunger

    XR-43     Hammer Plunger Spring

    XR-50A   Pawl Spring

    XR-51       Pawl Spring Plunger

    XR-38      Trigger Plunger

    ........and maybe another part or two.


    I'd be happy to send these to someone who shoots an Old Army.

    PM me your mailing address and I'll get them out to you.



    Old Army.jpg

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