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« on: August 17, 2017, 01:07:55 pm »


Hello -

I'm new to lever action rifles and recently lucked into a .44 Special 1866 Uberti carbine. I don't reload and since picking up the carbine have heard tales of horror about getting .44 Special to feed in a lever action.

Can anyone suggest some good factory ammunition that is not likely to cause feeding problems? I know individual rifles can be finicky but I need a starting place. I may reload some time in the future, but for now factory loads are it.

With thanks.

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« Reply #1 on: August 17, 2017, 01:54:14 pm »

I would think that feeding problems would come from shooting 44 spl in a rifle that was designed for a longer cartridge. If yours is a 44 spl I would think that shooting the correct ammo would not be a problem.
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« Reply #2 on: August 17, 2017, 02:28:12 pm »

Two words  ...Black Hills .....works a ton in my 44 Spec'l 73
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« Reply #3 on: August 17, 2017, 05:26:36 pm »

The fact that it is .44 Spcl makes no difference.  '66 and '73 come in a variety of calibers and most ammo if within the OAL limits (pretty much 1.45" to 1.6") and a proper shape bullet is no problem.

If you use a RNFP bullet you should have no problems (nearly 8000 of them through my .44 spcl '66).  Do not use SWC bullets or anything with a sharp shoulder.
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« Reply #4 on: August 17, 2017, 07:11:31 pm »

Sorry I'm Late.  But ......

PLUS ONE to >>>>>> ALL OF THE ABOVE.

the Uberti built 1866 in 44 Special will digest Round Nose Flat Point Ammo all .... well just forever.  It will also choke and puke Semi-Wadcutters.
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« Reply #5 on: August 17, 2017, 07:32:27 pm »

Thanks, everyone. I think I may have placed too much faith in those horror stories.
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« Reply #6 on: September 12, 2017, 04:07:46 am »

  When I first dabbled in CAS I was shooting an 1873 chambered in .44 Special. The only mould I had on hand, an old single cavity Lyman 429421,  cast a 248 gr. SWC. It fed fine, another horror story that wasn't horrible at all.

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« Reply #7 on: October 12, 2017, 06:05:01 pm »

44 Specials is all I shoot in CBA .
For the 44 mag rifles if you load a 200gr bullet and crimp at the second lube groove .
It will be a longer round and feed in your 44 mag rifle much better , and still fit in the 44 special pistols .

As for the 44specials for a none loader cowboy.
I recommend Black Hills Ammo.

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