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Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by beefyz, Oct 2, 2012.

  1. beefyz

    beefyz Well-Known Member

    Can anyone say anything on shooting/reloading a Win. 38-55? I may have an excellent opportunity to acquire one.
  2. Edarnold

    Edarnold Well-Known Member

    You don't specify what gun, or your intended use, so that leaves it kind of up in air. I loaded .38-55 WCF years ago for single-shot (Ballard, Winchester High-Wall) rifles for 100- and 200-yard target shooting. Lead bullets from 255 to 330grains weight, with appropriate charges of IMR 4227 powder achieved accuracy near 1MOA regularly. This was always considered one the top cartridges for accuracy at longer ranges in it's heyday of 1890's to 1920.
  3. beefyz

    beefyz Well-Known Member

    A NIB Win '94 appx date early '80s. Might be a Chief Crazy Horse Commemorative. Would be used for targeting now and then.
  4. mavracer

    mavracer Well-Known Member

    It's an easy round to load for, being straight wall it's like loading any straight walled pistol round. I like it because you can get very good accuracy out to ~300 yards with relatively cheap cast bullets and fairly mild recoil. The Chief Crazy horse is a neet gun I have a Legendary Frontiersman in the caliber and I want to get a 1885 single shot at some point.
  5. JLDickmon

    JLDickmon Well-Known Member

    snag it up.

    38-55 is a fairly decent medium game at a medium range cartridge, could probably be used for elk and brownies IN THE RIGHT HANDS and loaded on the upper end of the spectrum..

    makes a decent target/plinker at the ranges mentioned.

    it's fairly easy to load for, components available but not plentiful.

    Winchester still chambers the 94 for it, H&R offered it in the Buffalo Classic up until a couple years ago..

    Ballard still offers it in most models..

    Yeah. I'd be interested in it if you pass..
  6. beefyz

    beefyz Well-Known Member


    "i have the frontiersman"

    "Yeah. I'd be interested in it if you pass.". ( i don't think so )

    The "deal fell through". It was a frontiersman even through i was led to believe it was a chief crazy horse. Found out through Win that only 19,000 of them were made in '79. so far so good, but you wouldn't want this one. It was stored in an outdoor shed for all of these years. The commemorative box it came in either got wet at one time or absorbed all this dampness over the years. the box literally crumbled in your hands handling it. there were no papers for the gun. The gun was removed from the box and allowed to just stand about. rust on the butt plate, which looked a bit small for the stock. very poor stock to plate fit with discoloration or disintegration of wood at this point. wood looked like that synthetic wood with phony walnut finish that win switched over to at the time as the '94 lost some of its staus post '63. bluing was splotchy. it was definately unfired but no way did it look like a new gun. sad thing the old guy had bought about a dozen different of all these commemorative rifles and stored them the same way. go figure ???????
    i just didn't see $500 for it.
  7. JLDickmon

    JLDickmon Well-Known Member


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