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.429 bullets in 44-40 rifle?

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

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  1. CZ223

    CZ223 Member

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    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

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    Yes they are. This was the case that preceeded the .44 mag... same bullet. Pretty cool round too.
     
  3. Wil Terry

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    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

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    .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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