44-40 which bullets?


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dcl
February 22, 2011, 04:37 PM
Hi guys. I have a Colt SAA 44-40 Sheriffs model on the way. It was made in 1980-82. Wondering if regular .430 lead bullets will work ok. I'm trying to get all the reloading components ordered so I won't have to wait to shoot it. Any help would be great. Thanks. dcl

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rr2241tx
February 22, 2011, 05:04 PM
The nominal bullet diameter for .44/40 is 0.427 (-0.0030). Some casters make bullets specifically for .44/40, others do not. Swaging standard .431 hard cast bullets is always an option.

Jim Watson
February 23, 2011, 10:55 AM
The key is not the barrel but the chamber. Many .44-40s have small enough chamber necks that a large soft bullet to fill the cylinder throat and barrel will not chamber. Mine will take a .429" bullet in Winchester brass but not in Remington and tighter than I like in Starline.

I think the best compromise is a .428" bullet but not many casters offer that diameter.
Play it safe and start out at .427". You can try the larger bullets as used in .44 Special and Magnum later.

CraigC
February 23, 2011, 01:44 PM
You're probably gonna need .427-.428" bullets for a Colt. Load up a dummy with .430's and try it though.

dcl
February 23, 2011, 08:55 PM
Thanks for the replys guys. Still waiting to get the pistol in my hands. Then I will order bullets after I slug the throats and bore. Any help on which vendors to use for lead bullets? thanks again. dave

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