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Re: Winchester 38-55 [Re: JBLEDSOE] #13889168 06/10/19
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Originally Posted by JBLEDSOE
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I shoot .379 or .380 bullets in mine depending on which gun I am using ( I have 6 or 7 38-55 rifles), 10 grains of Unique or Universal in Starline 2.082 cases. Great fun.
Starline also makes a 2.125 case but that is for black powder or breech loading use and not the best for cast bullets.


Some of the older lever guns have the longer chamber. I have a couple of boxes of Dominion 38/55 smokeless loads with 2.125 brass. If I remember correctly, the Uberti repros have the longer chamber also.

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Re: Winchester 38-55 [Re: saddlesore] #13932283 06/27/19
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I finally got this Winchester Model 94 in 38-55.LGS where I had it shipped to says from the S/N it was made in 1906. Appraised at $2000.

So where to go from here? I have no brass,no bullets..Probably have some powder here that will work.
How do I determine what length of brass it will take. I will probably want to shoot the lightest cast bullet I can find due to a replaced right shoulder.. Should I just go for it and order some .380 bullets or maybe slug the bore first?

The bore doesn't look too bad, it is not shiny,but rifling looks pretty good.Overall condition is too bad.

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Re: Winchester 38-55 [Re: saddlesore] #13937189 06/29/19
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The cowboy action shooter ammo would be a good place to start.

Gnoahhh is a wealth of knowledge for cast.

I got one with me but let me look if I got the recipe. Mine slugged right at .379.


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Re: Winchester 38-55 [Re: Angus1895] #13937864 06/29/19
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I slugged mine today and the closest I could measure with a 4 place mike was .379. So I guess I will go with.380 bullets.The Starline website says to go with 2.125 brass.I can always trim it back if needed.


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Re: Winchester 38-55 [Re: saddlesore] #13938600 06/30/19
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I reached out to my brother I will call him today. His name is gnarly bob on this sight. He has the load specs we used for my ammo I am using.


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Re: Winchester 38-55 [Re: Angus1895] #13938922 06/30/19
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Originally Posted by Angus1895
I reached out to my brother I will call him today. His name is gnarly bob on this sight. He has the load specs we used for my ammo I am using.


Thanks.Look forward to the info


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Re: Winchester 38-55 [Re: saddlesore] #13939113 06/30/19
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Can you resize 30-30 brass for the 38-55?

Re: Winchester 38-55 [Re: saddlesore] #13949445 07/04/19
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Angus, Angus.....Angus.
What am I going to do with you?? Ya'll already posted the recipe.... crazy


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Re: Winchester 38-55 [Re: saddlesore] #13950183 07/04/19
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mine is a mod 94 made in 1897. redone some time in the past. looks almost new but way too good to be so old.

Re: Winchester 38-55 [Re: mogwai] #13952815 07/06/19
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Originally Posted by mogwai
Can you resize 30-30 brass for the 38-55?

You can but crimping will probably be a no go, as they will be on the short side. Starline brass is not cheap, but it is good.

Bravo

Re: Winchester 38-55 [Re: saddlesore] #13956481 07/07/19
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It's been a few years ... I remember having trouble splitting necks when I expanded the .30-30. Annealing helped. It was a bit short but worked ok without a crimp in my single shot. My neighbor gave me a modified crimp die for use in my lever. He shortened it on his lathe.

Once Starline started making .38-55 I switched and have not looked back. It's worth every extra penny.


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