38-55 Win Ballard load

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AKGrouch

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Anyone got some good loading data on the 38-55 Winchester Ballard using a 260 gr. hard cast fp with a gas check? I plan to shoot it in a vintage 1894 made about 1900 but in tight and good shape. Wondering about using 4198, 2400, or ?? Don't need a rocket. 1300 to 1400 fps is fine for just goofing around with it.
 

WIL TERRY

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The best propellent I have found for my 38-55 rifles with lead bullets and gascheck cast bullets is XMP5744. The best group so far is .55" at 100 yards. Load data is from athe ACCURATE ARMS LOADING MANUAL.
 

bigbore45colt

Hunter
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I have to second that XMP5744 recommendation. It is great for the 38-55. I use it in my late 1890's Marlin 1893s with great success.

BB45C
 

AKGrouch

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Thanks for the info. I'll have to get some of that powder and give it a try. Thanks again.

pat
 

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