.429 bullets in 44-40 rifle?


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CZ223
August 18, 2007, 10:20 PM
My sister won an Armi Chiappas repro of the 1892 Winchester Takedown rifle in 44-40. The bullet caster tells me that many of the repro rifles in 44-40 take .429 bullets. My questions are, does anyone have any experience with this particular rifle? More broadly, are new production rifles in 44-40 made with the intention of using .429 bullets in them?

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the new guy
August 19, 2007, 01:49 AM
Yes they are. This was the case that preceeded the .44 mag... same bullet. Pretty cool round too.

Wil Terry
August 19, 2007, 09:35 AM
You are absolutely 100% wrong in everything you stated !!!

No they aren't...usually.

The 44SPECIAL was the father case for the 44MAGNUM.

It is NOT the same bullet and NEVER has been.

Some 44-40/44WCF guns will take .429" bullets but they're pretty well as scarce as frog-fur coats and I am willing to make a small wager the rifle/carbine in question will not, BUT FOR REASONS OTHER THAN DIAMETER.
Go do your homework now and you will find out why !!!

Jim Watson
August 19, 2007, 10:24 AM
.44-40 barrel dimensions differ widely. For best results slug the barrel and use a bullet of groove diameter or larger... IF a cartridge loaded with it will chamber freely. My (relined) Winchester is a .428" and I would like to shoot .429" bullets, but the chamber is so close that a loaded round is a bit snug. .428" bullets are not common so I usually end up shooting .427". The local caster's lubrisizer die seems a bit worn, his bullets actually mike .4275" and do ok in my rifle.

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