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BUCKHUNTER1973BUCKHUNTER1973 Member Posts: 4 ✭✭
Looking for reloading data on the 38-90 Winchester Express


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    blackpowdermaxblackpowdermax Member Posts: 130 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    Original load was 90 grains of black powder and a 217 grain bullet. Speedy "little" thing for it's day and black powder. Over 1500 FPS. You can get a 217 grain bullet (approximately) by cutting the bottom band and groove off of a standard 38-55 bullet mold (255 grain). It probably won't handle heavier (longer) bullets because it has a 1:26 twist and won't stabilize them.

    I shoot some of the longer 40 calibers and sometimes use a duplex load of 5 grains of 4227 on the bottom of the case and the rest 1F black powder. Helps with the fouling, lots of charcoal burning and not much lube on the short bullet.

    COTW shows a load of 21 or 23 grains of IMR 4198 with the same bullet for a smokeless load. Be careful there, as too little powder is almost as bad a too much smokeless powder in that big of a case. I doubt there were many smokeless loading for the cartridge.

    All black powder loads are fine if you're willing to clean a little more often, kind of like shooting paper patched bullets, no lube. [:D][:D]

    Enjoy your Hiwall..........

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