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.429 bullets in 44-40 rifle?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by CZ223, Aug 18, 2007.

  1. CZ223

    CZ223 Participating Member

    Sep 6, 2006
    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?
  2. the new guy

    the new guy New Member

    Jul 31, 2007
    Young AZ
    Yes they are. This was the case that preceeded the .44 mag... same bullet. Pretty cool round too.
  3. Wil Terry

    Wil Terry Participating Member

    Dec 26, 2002
    Black Hills, South Dakota, USA
    Mr New Guy,

    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 !!!
  4. Jim Watson

    Jim Watson Senior Elder

    Dec 24, 2002
    .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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