44-40 bullet


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harro
January 7, 2009, 09:24 PM
G'day

Could some tell me what size 200grain lead bullet to use in my Winchester 94, 44-40.
Is it .427 or .429 .
The rifle was made in 1975

Thankyou for your time

harro

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highlander 5
January 7, 2009, 09:55 PM
.429 should work fine. with the pressure levels your working with .002 of an inch should cause no problems.

dardascastbullets
January 8, 2009, 08:50 AM
Hi Harrow,

To discover the proper sized diameter of your bore, slug it with a round ball and add 0.001" to arrive at the sized diameter.

I trust that this will help you.

Jim Watson
January 8, 2009, 09:44 AM
Groove diameter + .001" is nice and even bigger is good, but some .44-40s have groove diameters larger than what the chamber will accept. To discover the proper diameter bullet for your rifle, load a dummy round with each available diameter and see what is the largest that will chamber FREELY.

I have a .428" reline and with most brass cannot load .429" bullets. The only easy alternative is .427", there are not many commercial casters selling .428"s. I do have a brand that comes out at .4275", I guess his lubrisizer is worn, but they shoot well enough.

calaverasslim
January 8, 2009, 09:48 AM
Winchester changed their barrel diameter from .427 to .429 in the early to mid 30's. Your barrel, if factory deminsion, is .429. Enjoy. I just sold mine and in a way, wish I didn't.

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