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Proper Bullet Size?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Speedo66, Dec 27, 2008.

  1. Speedo66

    Speedo66 Well-Known Member

    I've got an original 1873 Winchester in .38 WCF (.38-40), which is 40 caliber.

    Can cast lead bullets at .402 safely be used?

  2. 243winxb

    243winxb Well-Known Member

    Last edited: Dec 27, 2008
  3. Jim Watson

    Jim Watson Well-Known Member

    Barrel measurements are nice, but the round must chamber FREELY. If a cartridge with a .402" bullet goes right in, it is ok. If it does not, it is too big, no matter what the barrel slugs out at.

    I have a .44-40 with .428" barrel but a close chamber. Anything but Winchester brass, I have to load .427s.
  4. Speedo66

    Speedo66 Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the info.

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