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Offline Bishop Creek

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Re: New-to-me rifle
« Reply #15 on: June 19, 2019, 05:44:17 PM »
Buffalo Arms ammo is great. I bought several cases of 44-40 black powder cartridges from them awhile back and they are loaded with real Swiss black powder. Good stuff. 44-40 is the only caliber that I don't reload myself.

https://www.buffaloarms.com/45-70-government-350-grn-rnfp-black-powder-ammo-box-of-20-amobp4570350
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« Reply #16 on: June 19, 2019, 06:43:50 PM »
I had forgotten about Buffalo Arms; but will be loading my own as I have lots of brass and molds/lead. I still have about 50 loaded cartridges now that I had loaded for shooting in the '74  Schuetzen Sharps.
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« Reply #17 on: June 19, 2019, 07:00:54 PM »
I agree, BA does have great stuff, often not available anywhere else; I have bought from them in the past. But at $3.00 per round, plus shipping, and very limited bullet selection, I definitely will continue to load my own 45-90 ammo (and most all my other calibers).

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Re: New-to-me rifle
« Reply #18 on: June 19, 2019, 07:14:57 PM »
I don't blame you.

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« Reply #19 on: June 20, 2019, 03:41:42 PM »
That BA load that uses a 300 grain bullet is like an original load called the Express load. It was used in the '86 Winchester, maybe others.               

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« Reply #20 on: June 20, 2019, 06:23:05 PM »
Didn't know that. Interesting.

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« Reply #21 on: June 21, 2019, 04:51:25 AM »
As i reload the 45-90 too it would be real interesting to compare notes.

My findings thus far has been that the various "money bullets" at or around 500 grains is the ticket.
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« Reply #22 on: July 19, 2019, 06:58:53 PM »
Barrel stamp
I had kinda thought someone might comment on the barrel stamp, but I will attempt to explain the Black Powder Only stamp. Many years ago Dixie Gun Works was going to import their first '74 Sharps rifles made by Pedersoli. They would give $100.00 off the price if you pre-paid your order. I did that, opting for the 40-65 chambering rather than the 45-70. It took a year for my rifle to arrive; the 45-70s were here about 4 months after the order was placed. The 40-65 was stamped with the "black powder only" stamp but the 45-70 wasn't. Same thing with my Browning 40-65 and 45-90 rifles. From what I have read, that is because there is no SAAMI specification for the 40-65 and 45-90 cartridge. One knowledgeable writer researched this and said that, in his opinion, since the receivers were exactly the same as the 45-70, he thought it would be safe to load moderate smokeless loads in those chamberings. The majority of my loads will be black powder, but I will not hesitate to load some moderate smokeless loads; especially with the powders that match black powder pressures.

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« Reply #23 on: August 17, 2019, 09:47:13 AM »
Oh, and this is no lightweight hunting rifle! It weighs in at one ounce under 12 pounds.

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Re: New-to-me rifle
« Reply #24 on: August 22, 2019, 04:57:21 AM »
I hear ya,and the route i´m down at the moment is duplex loads.

My point being that if it´s 2000+fps i´m after at the muzzle there´s other rifles to be had. These old stompers ain´t it and the thing here is that to this day a heavy ass bullet moving at let´s say 1500 will still perform the job.

Thus the reason for duplex is mainly one of soot,or hopefully the lack thereof. I presume,as i´ve replaced most my chambers with homebrew in tool room steel,that mine will cope just fine.
Have a number of them loaded up here,right in front of me at the table.
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