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38-55

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Turk, Mar 14, 2006.

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  1. Turk

    Turk Member

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    Anybody shoot the 38-55? I'm looking at a new Winchester Highwall in that caliber.

    Thanks,

    Turk

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  2. JNewell

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    I don't have anything for you, but when I was looking into .38-55 I think I found some good info on the SASS forum (sassnet or sasswire, don't remember which).
     
  3. ribbonstone

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    If you are a reloader, and sepcally a bullet caster, the 38-55 is a favorite. Even modern made guns tend to continue the 38-55 tradition of .378"-.379" bores while the commonly availiable jacketed bullets are .375".

    With cast bullets that match bore diameter, it's a great caliber.
     
  4. Jim Watson

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    I shoot a Winchester Single Shot .38-55 with every satisfaction.

    I don't know the rifling twist of the current Jap Winchesters, if it is the original 18" twist you will have a 40 rod (220 yd) to 300 yd rifle, if it is a faster twist (like my 15" rebore) for heavier bullets it can make it to the 500 metre silhouette rams... usually.

    Mine gets a steady diet of Swiss 1 1/2 black and a Lyman 378674 lubed with SPG.
     
  5. Gewehr98

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    I've got a spare military Rolling Block action...

    As a departure from my usual .45-70 toys, I've been thinking about either a .40-65 or .38-55 BPCR, and there are some gorgeous .38 cast bullet designs out there, notably the NASA bullets. How's the reliability at 500 on knocking down hard-set silhouettes, Jim?
     
  6. Jim Watson

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    The .38-55 is a little mild for hard set rams, especially if the ground is wet and their feet get muddy and sticky, at least with the 335 grain Lyman. I have read of 12-14" twists and 340-350 grain NASA or Creedmoor bullets doing better.

    A .38-50 Remington would be more authentic for your RB and actually holds more powder and hits harder, nomenclature notwithstanding.
     
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    If you're a glutton for punishment you might try a 45-120 - 3 1/4" with a 550gr. pill... I had a rolling block with a 1"dia. barrel in tha one. Sometimes I wish I had kept it, but not too often, heh, heh.
     
  8. Gewehr98

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    Nope. I've found my recoil threshold already.

    550gr swaged Marcel spitzers on top of 70gr Goex Cartridge in my '74 Sharps Business Rifle are about it for me. The .40-65 and .38-55 sound like something one could shoot all day long.

    If I have a desire for punishment, I have a Ruger #1S that I run Beartooth 405gr gas-checked bullets on top of Reloder 7 up to 2150fps, and about 10 of those will send me home with broken capillaries in my shoulder. :(
     
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