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#13932283 - 06/27/19 Re: Winchester 38-55 [Re: saddlesore]  
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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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#13937189 - 06/29/19 Re: Winchester 38-55 [Re: saddlesore]  
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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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#13937864 - 06/29/19 Re: Winchester 38-55 [Re: Angus1895]  
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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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#13938600 - 06/30/19 Re: Winchester 38-55 [Re: saddlesore]  
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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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#13938922 - 06/30/19 Re: Winchester 38-55 [Re: Angus1895]  
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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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#13939113 - 06/30/19 Re: Winchester 38-55 [Re: saddlesore]  
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Can you resize 30-30 brass for the 38-55?

#13949445 - 07/04/19 Re: Winchester 38-55 [Re: saddlesore]  
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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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#13950183 - 07/04/19 Re: Winchester 38-55 [Re: saddlesore]  
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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.

#13952815 - 07/06/19 Re: Winchester 38-55 [Re: mogwai]  
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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.

#13956481 - 07/07/19 Re: Winchester 38-55 [Re: saddlesore]  
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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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