What ammo do you guys use in your 1894c?


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Dusey
March 26, 2008, 04:26 PM
I just picked one of these up the other day, and I was wondering what all you 1894c shooters chose ammo wise for this fine gun. I'm well aware that ammo will shoot differently in different guns, just trying to get a good idea for a starting point. I'd like something that is priced relatively reasonable(as much as possible, with todays prices anyway.) Thanks in advance.:)

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kmrcstintn
March 26, 2008, 04:38 PM
just liquidated one to get a 336...here's what I fed it:

Federal American Eagle 158gr jsp; Federal Castcore 180gr hardened leadhead; Independence 158gr jsp; Remington 125gr jsp...all above being .357 magnums; basically anything with a truncated or rounded approach to the meplat; anything like a semiwadcutter got jammed on the loading ramp

pbhome71
March 26, 2008, 04:38 PM
Dusey,

I mostly handload my own. There are a couple that I use:
a) 158gr LRNFP load at 38special Level
b) 158gr Win HP load at normal 357M level
c) 158gr LaserCast at 357M level
d) 180gr LaserCast at normal 357M level

Mine shoots best with 158gr 357M level... But the LRNFP is much cheaper and less loud.

Z_Infidel
March 26, 2008, 04:39 PM
The one I had really liked 158 gr bullets, so that's what I fed it.

Mountie855
March 26, 2008, 04:59 PM
pbhome71 - How did the lasercast bullets work for you- any leading? SWC's feed ok?

I have an 1894C MicroGroove which I've only test-fired, and was thinking of selling it and replacing it with a newer version to get the Ballard rifling because I felt cast bullets would lead less than the MicroGroove bbl.

Mountie855

MMCSRET
March 26, 2008, 05:05 PM
I have an early microgroove model, barrel shortened to 16", button magazine. I cast Lyman 358156 and GC them. Heavy charge of AA#9 or H-110 and works wonders on deer out to 100 yds. or so.

ArmedBear
March 26, 2008, 05:10 PM
Just put 50 rounds of .38 Spl LSWC's through mine last night. Worked like a champ.

Factory .38 FNFMJ's and .357 TCFMJ's have seemed the most accurate, but that might be because the LSWC's are my friend's handloads and I don't think he's all that meticulous. He reloads because he's cheap, not because the rounds he makes are any good.

rocinante
March 26, 2008, 07:35 PM
I got 500 rounds of this. haven't shot any yet though.

http://ammodirect.com/default.aspx?tabid=44&id=1212

Furncliff
March 26, 2008, 09:42 PM
Winchester white box from Walmart...38 special mostly . Accurate, inexpensive, functions fine. I think reloading is in my future, I'd like to shoot it more.

number6jr
March 27, 2008, 12:13 AM
125 gr. Bear Creek RNFP
over a light charge of Trail Boss or Unique
357 cases
My only FTF have been operator error.

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