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44-40 load test with the 1892....what a difference!

Post by fortyshooter » Mon Sep 18, 2023 5:14 pm

Last time I was getting my first shots with the 1892 using only ammo you can find in 44-40 the HSM Cowboy ammo. And while I good hits on the targets I was aiming at the shots on paper were not that great with what looked like a couple key hole hits. So after slugging the barrel I found it had a .430 bore size but the HSM bullets were only .428....not good.
Plan was to try the 200 gr.plated Xtreme bullets which shoot very well in my 1873 Uberti Winchester and made up two loads....one using 8.5 gr. of Unique and the other 6 gr. of Red Dot.

So I set my target at same 20 yds. to see what a load change would do compared to the factory load. Holy cow what a difference the right size bullet will do along with a good powder load! :shock: Not bad at all for a 128 year old barrel that has some small pitting!!!!

The Unique load had a bit more thump to it but the Red Dot looked to be great for ragged holes! Either one will work great!
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Re: 44-40 load test with the 1892....what a difference!

Post by North Country Gal » Mon Sep 18, 2023 6:35 pm

Amazing difference. I've never been a fan of cowboy loads for any serious accuracy work, either. Just not what they are all about.
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Re: 44-40 load test with the 1892....what a difference!

Post by Vaquero » Mon Sep 18, 2023 8:16 pm

Shoot yeah, either of those groups will do in my book.
Nice shootin, congrats on a fun shooter.

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Re: 44-40 load test with the 1892....what a difference!

Post by Hatchdog » Tue Sep 19, 2023 8:47 am

Nice, love the before and after pics. What a difference.
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Re: 44-40 load test with the 1892....what a difference!

Post by Rifletom » Tue Sep 19, 2023 9:23 am

Glad its a shooter forty. Those handloads made that44-40 really shine.
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Re: 44-40 load test with the 1892....what a difference!

Post by fortyshooter » Tue Sep 19, 2023 10:53 am

Rifletom wrote:
Tue Sep 19, 2023 9:23 am
Glad its a shooter forty. Those handloads made that44-40 really shine.
Yep the small amount of factory ammo available is really at the bottom of the scale and have seen another brand that was rated at 685 FPS from a 5.5 inch revolver plus bullets might not be sized correctly. Loading your own is the way to go.
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Re: 44-40 load test with the 1892....what a difference!

Post by daytime dave » Tue Sep 19, 2023 2:48 pm

Those loads sure look dialed in correctly.
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