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Winchester 1873 and the 44-40 WCF Part II Grooves and bullets... like chutes and ladders

November 10, 2019 Fall was certainly brief and summer is already a distant memory. The shop stove was lit yesterday when the inside temp hit 40°F and the first winter snowfall is forecast to begin this afternoon. This morning there was just enough time to get the driveway and walkway markers down and to clear…

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Winchester 1873 and the 44-40 WCF Part I Project Status: 80% time spent, 20% done

11/03/2019 The project was originally geared toward handloading the 44-40 WCF cartridge. Most load data I’ve put together, and most I’ve seen, is based on relatively fast powder and short barrel carbines or handguns. With a SAAMI MAP of only 11,000 PSI, and an early Winchester lever action design, not a whole lot was going…

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44-40 Winchester Handload Data

Warning: Bullet selections are specific, and loads are not valid with substitutions of different bullets of the same weight. Variations in bullet length will alter net case capacity,  pressure and velocity. Primer selection is specific and primer types are not interchangeable. These are maximum loads in my firearms and may be excessive in others. All…

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Winchester’s Model 1873 Short Rifle Part 2

Writing is a lot like life. Sometimes you board an airplane in New York, land in San Francisco five hours later as anticipated and go on about your business. Sometimes a flight gets delayed. You end up in the airport bar, have a few drinks with new friends, and wake up in the Basque region…

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