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Old 10-14-2019, 10:54 PM   #1
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She's back :-)

...my little 1894 made it back below the Mason-Dixon line from Ilion. The stock and fore end were replaced as the originals were not fit up to spec. The new furniture looks great and she ran without a snag at the range. I ran 50 Cowboy Action 240gr SWC to the brain and 30 Cowboy action 200gr RN to the body. Once again I had a problem with my glasses fogging and seeing the front sight well so I'm not going to screw around with the sight just yet. As this is such a fun rifle to shoot I've decided to take a page out of Rick in Oregon's book and start hand loading. Necessity being the mother of invention kinda thing :-)
...target was at 25 yards.
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Old 10-15-2019, 08:37 AM   #2
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Such a sweet little gun!
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Great to have it brought back to spec! I marvel that the assembler didn't set the defective parts aside.
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Very nice there, Mark.

There's just sumthin' "special" about a nice shooting and good lookin' lever gun in .44. I sure do love mine!

If you can find them without actual bullet casting involved, be sure to try the old Elmer Keith #249241 245gr SWC hard-cast bullet over a stiff charge of 2400 and a good roll crimp. It will really make you smile and open your eyes to what it can do in the field. Accurate, hard hitting, and cuts perfect .44 caliber holes in paper or hide. Out of a rifle or carbine, it's purty dang fast too.

Old Elmer was right over 80 years ago!
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Old 10-16-2019, 12:12 PM   #5
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Very nice there, Mark.

There's just sumthin' "special" about a nice shooting and good lookin' lever gun in .44. I sure do love mine!

If you can find them without actual bullet casting involved, be sure to try the old Elmer Keith #249241 245gr SWC hard-cast bullet over a stiff charge of 2400 and a good roll crimp. It will really make you smile and open your eyes to what it can do in the field. Accurate, hard hitting, and cuts perfect .44 caliber holes in paper or hide. Out of a rifle or carbine, it's purty dang fast too.

Old Elmer was right over 80 years ago!
Yup, I've seen where you mentioned that load so I picked up a pound of 2400 with that in mind. I'm going to start with .44 Special. I have 200gr and 240gr semi jacked soft point bullets I found one recipe that lists 2400for the Special cartridge but that was about it. Any alternate powders come to mind for non magnum loads? I was thinking Unique or 800x?
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There are a number of Unique .44 Special loads in the 7.0 grain range depending on the bullet -- google the Skeeter Skelton load.
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