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Offline rebelyell62

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"Hot" loads and the brass framed 66
« on: May 08, 2006, 04:56:57 AM »
Mornin yall,
 I have a question in regards to using "ruger"loads in my Winchester.
 The load is 11 gr. of unique topped off with a 225 gr. JHP.
 If I shot this out of my rifle, am I inviting disaster?
 The loding is intended for large framed Rugers, Freedom Arms, etc.
 Thanx to all for your input.
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Offline Scattered Thumbs

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Re: "Hot" loads and the brass framed 66
« Reply #1 on: May 08, 2006, 11:25:46 AM »
Not even in my 73. But...It's your 66. ::)

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Re: "Hot" loads and the brass framed 66
« Reply #2 on: May 08, 2006, 01:10:36 PM »
Yes, you are inviting disaster. Your '66 is a toggle link rifle and they are not designed for modern high powered loads. The original  '66 design fired a relatively weak 44 rimfire cartridge. Even with modern manufacturing, and modern metalurgy, the '66 still has a brass frame. It is the brass frame that will take the brunt of the backwards thrust of recoil from your cartridge. Read Mike Venturino's 'Shooting Lever Guns of the Old West' sometime. Somewhere in there he documents a brass framed Henry that was ruined by a few rounds of high powered 44-40 loads. Your '66 is basically the same as the brass framed Henry, design wise and strength wise. As scattered thumbs said, I would not even run rounds like that through my steel framed '73. The design is just not up to that kind of punishment. You would be much better off running rounds like that through a '92. They are a totally different design, and are as strong as a bank vault.
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Re: "Hot" loads and the brass framed 66
« Reply #3 on: May 08, 2006, 02:46:34 PM »
ABSOLUTELY NOT!!!

Please read the tagged articles at the top of this forum about what loads to use.

"Ruger Only" loads are just that... (hence the name in the description!!!)

I am locking this thread as this is already covered elsewhere.
(yes, the 66 and 1860 have this same limitation)

 

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