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Savvy Jack last won the day on September 2 2018

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  1. So some folks don't like it....who cares....move along! I'll be glad to see it return.
  2. I would not use those in a 44-40 cylinder or 44-40 rifle chamber. If you ream out a 44 Mag cylinder/chamber to fit a 44-40, then you have a 44 Mag neck size. If you then use .427/.428 bullets and dies, the case neck will be over worked and you will more than likely encounter cracked case mouths.
  3. Thanks for the kinds words. If I could have done them without having to talk, I would have!!! LOL!!!
  4. All eight videos have been posted
  5. I did this one back in 2016 but just published it again in Jan 2022. Just when I get use to something, technology changes and it gets even harder to use. This was easy to make but not now days. Main reason I stopped.
  6. Ed Harris' 230gr 43-230G has been added to the new Reloder 7 230gr/240gr video...probably the best performing of the group. I personally used a Hornady SWC HP for hunting but never tested it. https://sites.google.com/view/44winchester/chasing-the-44-40/handloading-introduction/pressure-testing/pressure-trace-videos
  7. Over the past few years I conducted 83 ten shot tests using the PressureTrace II system. Recently I decided to try and open up a comparison chart using overlays in the Gimp editing software and make some videos out of them.. It is not the best but I think it is certainly good enough for discussions. It took me a while to satisfy myself as to the accuracy, but with the discovery of a few missing links, in general, everything is 100% consistent with reloading manuals and factory ammunition. Rather than do one video at a time, once or so a week, I decided to dump a few all at one time. Check the website link below for updates. 44-40 Pressure Test Videos Web Page Link
  8. Yeah, some sort of video format that I can't get worked out. North Carolina Mountains Flying a 185 Skywagon
  9. Here is another video I made, trying to learn how to use some programs and I just can't get the hang of it. I decided to take some of my flying videos and splice them together with some music. I still need to learn!
  10. We can compare those with Trail Boss loads 6.4gr and 9.3gr Here is a group Test 43 used original pre-1884 unheadstamped cases. Same load in modern Starline brass is only 8,953psi @ 1,226fps And for those that do like Trail Boss, here is that 9.3gr Test 19 again. This time I overlayed the pressure curves to represent a what a consistent ignition would have looked like, which would be about the same as 10gr of Unique in Test 14. The time at the bottom of the scale is from 0 to 0.5 milliseconds.
  11. Winchester used Dupont #2 smokeless powder from 1895 to 1925. Winchester used Sharpshooter powder in the 44 WHV loads from 1903 to 1945. This chart should reflect from such smokeless powders. My early black powder (1873-1883 replicated) tests resulted in 14,000 psi loads which should be close to 17,000 cup. As the cartridge cases improved in design, my same tested loads reduced in pressures down to 12,000psi and then eventually 8,953psi (1,226fps) using modern Starline brass. 11,000psi/13,000 cup is modern SAAMI max. So it seems plausible to me that early 44-40 black powders loads actually produced much higher pressures than todays smokeless loads but also produced a lower pressure curve. The pressures curves I have seen with my tests are not spiky until trying to load for original velocities with pistol powers or hotter rifles powders like 2400 and IMR4227. All modern published loads from Lyman's 49th showed no signs of pressure "spikes". 1895 Smokeless Powder box by Winchester Winchester used Dupont #2 smokeless powder from 1895 to 1925, reported to produce less pressures than black powder loads. Winchester switched to Dupont Sharpshooter powder in 1925. Winchester had already been using Sharpshooter powder in the 1903 to 1945 44 WHV loads. When Winchester first manufactured the 44 WHV loads, they advertised "Low Pressure" right on the box. Pressures from the chart show 18,000cup which should be close to 15,228psi, but yet not to be used in the 73' or pistols. Why? Seems this adds up to what I described...early BP loads produced higher pressures but with less pressure curve than todays lower pressure SAAMI max loads. I believe there is a lot of misinformation about the 44-40 pressures, from original BP/smokeless loads to modern BP/smokeless loads.
  12. Although I do use the term "44 Mag barrels", I do not think it is not fair to say that manufactures are using 44 Mag barrels since some 44 Mags use different twist rates than the 44-40, however, it is fair to say they may be using the same .429" reamed blanks. Ed Harris wrote up a good article a while back of the issues with the Ruger. Ancient History Pt 1 Ancient History Pt 2
  13. The main culprit for 44-40 cartridges not chambering in tight revolver chambers is the relentless roll crimp bulge. Second would be the use of bullets with too large diameter or a combination of bullet diameter and case mouth thickness as well as a crimp bulge. The Roll Crimp Bulge.
  14. The issue with the Lee die is also about diameter. The 44-40 LFCD is machined for use with at least .427 to .428 bullets. Anything larger and the collets in the die to not close and the brass is squeezed through the collets, weaking the case mouth and permanently marking the case mouth with both the little bulge as well as a ring around the diameter. Redding Left, LFCD Right as well as what a reloaded damaged case looks like. The damaged case from use with the LCFD reloaded and crimped with the Redding crimp. Although the bullet used has a foreword driving band and crimp groove, the diameter is small enough for the Redding crimp to work properly and does not roll the mouth into the deep groove. The LFCD has been cut down to show a better view of the collet in action
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