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Offline mike1340

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Reloading for my 1892 Winchester
« on: February 07, 2024, 02:26:12 PM »
I have an original 1892 Winchester in 38-40 MFG. 1909
From.the information that I have gathered, I should be able to load with smokeless powder.. Amy thoughts from the pros would be greatly appreciated

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Re: Reloading for my 1892 Winchester
« Reply #1 on: February 07, 2024, 02:53:38 PM »
I'm not a pro  :) but if the gun is in good condition than I think that yes smokeless should be fine.  I'd still keep the loads on the mild side.  A friend of mine bulged the chamber on an original 44-40 '92 with presumably a double charge, but it stayed in one piece.  He had the chamber sleeved so it is still shootable, although he has switched to a modern '73 for CAS.

My '92 is also from 1909 and I have shot some smokeless in it, but mostly BP.  But it is a 32-20 so there's even more steel around the chamber and bore.

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Re: Reloading for my 1892 Winchester
« Reply #2 on: February 08, 2024, 03:27:34 AM »
Thank you for your input, I do
 intend on loading on the mild side . The rifle is in very good shape and works as it should. I have never loaded BP so I am working on educating myself ,I don't want to get into a problem that otherwise can de avoided.

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Re: Reloading for my 1892 Winchester
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Re: Reloading for my 1892 Winchester
« Reply #3 on: February 11, 2024, 02:09:55 PM »
I'm the proud owner of a 138 year old Model 1873 Winchester in 38 WCF. While I have fired lots of BP loads, the vast majority have been smokeless. My hunting load runs a 190 gr. cast bullet near 1400 fps. That said, your rifle is far stronger than an 1873. You be fine with any reasonable load.

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Re: Reloading for my 1892 Winchester
« Reply #4 on: February 11, 2024, 06:35:39 PM »
An acquaintance of mine has a 1889 Marlin that he brought tome with the action jammed and a separated case in the chamber.  I was able to remove the headless cartridge case, but the chamber is badly bulged, I suspect from shooting too hot a smokeless round.  I am not up to fixing it, and would appreciate advice on doing so.
I own a Winchester 1892 in 44 WCF and enjoy shooting both black powder and smokeless.  It is surprisingly accurate with Clays smokeless powder and hand cast bullets.

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Re: Reloading for my 1892 Winchester
« Reply #5 on: February 11, 2024, 09:26:27 PM »
I think a 1909 manufacture date would be well into the smokeless era. Plus the '92 is a stronger action than the '73. I think if the barrel says "Nickel Steel" it's meant for smokeless but please research and do not rely on my memory.

 

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