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Dusty Morningwood
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I am looking for recommendations for a smith who can reline a Winchester High Wall from its current .45-120 to something like .40-70 SS or .38-55.  Since the rifle is a total restoration already, and was originally .38-56, this seems a reasonable option.

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7 minutes ago, The Original Lumpy Gritz said:

What about .45-70?

OLG 

I could shoot .45-70 out of it now, but I think it would erode the chamber throat that has an additional 1" before rifling.

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Just now, Dusty Morningwood said:

I could shoot .45-70 out of it now, but I think it would erode the chamber throat that has an additional 1" before rifling.

You do not want to shoot .45-70 out of it now. Total waste! 

OLG 

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21 minutes ago, The Original Lumpy Gritz said:

You do not want to shoot .45-70 out of it now. Total waste! 

OLG 

Agreed.

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When I was shooting N-SSA and needed a barrel relined most of us sent our guns to Bob Hoyt in PA.  I never had a bad job done by him.  His phone is 717 642-6696

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18 minutes ago, Nickel City Dude said:

When I was shooting N-SSA and needed a barrel relined most of us sent our guns to Bob Hoyt in PA.  I never had a bad job done by him.  His phone is 717 642-6696

I have used Hoyt for several muzzleloaders and had him rifle a couple of rolling block shotguns.  Did not know he did this kind of work.  Thanks!

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10 minutes ago, Dusty Morningwood said:

I have used Hoyt for several muzzleloaders and had him rifle a couple of rolling block shotguns.  Did not know he did this kind of work.  Thanks!

I know that he has relined 1860 Henry rifles I assume that yours would be about the same.  You will have to call him and find out.   BTW he may be away for hunting season.

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26 minutes ago, Seven Ways to Sundown Jones said:

Black Powder or that new fangled powder ?  had an old No.1 Rolling Block that I first used in BPCR sillouete .   Shot 45/70 for a long time.  Then decided to really clean it .   after several patches and bronze brushes it came out with a clean patch. Low and behold it was a 45/90 that had powder fowling in the chamber.  the throat did not erode, just got full of burned powder.   use a blowtube to keep fowling soft, shoot BP, and enjoy it as is.  YMMV

I would never sully any of my BPCRs with heathen smokeless!  I do have some .45-120 brass inbound, so I may try reducing down to .45-90 loads with addl. wad and grease cookie.

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29 minutes ago, Nickel City Dude said:

I know that he has relined 1860 Henry rifles I assume that yours would be about the same.  You will have to call him and find out.   BTW he may be away for hunting season.

Probably require less work for a High Wall.  He was hunting in September when I sent him a muzzleloader.  I should be so lucky.

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3 hours ago, Dusty Morningwood said:

something like .40-70 SS

We have a shooter who shoots BPCR with a 40-70. The brass is no where to be found. He had to have brass made by a company who makes custom brass for old calibers..$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$  Some form it out of 405 Winchester??? but rim thickness is an issue.

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47 minutes ago, irish ike, SASS #43615 said:

We have a shooter who shoots BPCR with a 40-70. The brass is no where to be found. He had to have brass made by a company who makes custom brass for old calibers..$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$  Some form it out of 405 Winchester??? but rim thickness is an issue.

Hmmmm? That is a consideration. I used to make brass for a European cartridge close to .38-55 from .30-30. Maybe .38-55 is the answer.

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1 minute ago, Kid Rich said:

If that was still 38-56 I would try to buy it from you in a heartbeat.

kR

Sadly, it is coming to me in its new chambering.

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