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Re: Get your kicks on Route '66
« Reply #15 on: March 07, 2019, 09:25:45 AM »
Congrats!

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Re: Get your kicks on Route '66
« Reply #16 on: April 08, 2019, 10:03:12 AM »
Well, now that I've paid this thing off and drug it home like a proud papa bringing home the new baby from the hospital, time for show & tell.

Meet the new kid on the block...Navy Arms Winchester '66 "Yellow Boy" in .44-40 WCF



Left side view:



Right side with the famous Nelson King loading gate; the patent that turned the problematic Henry design into Winchester's bread and butter.



Forearm with brass cap. They also made a version with a blued cap; I think the brass looks better to my eyes:



Buttstock. I can't believe how nice the wood is on this thing!



Front sight in the "flipped-down" position...



...and "elevated".



Caliber stamp: .44-40 WCF



Date code [AD] (1978) and proof marks



Importer's mark (Navy Arms)



Tang with rifle model designation



The famous (or infamous, depending on your view) "elevator shaft"





So, there you have it in all it's glory. Sorry for the lousy pix, will try to get more (better) when time allows.

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Re: Get your kicks on Route '66
« Reply #17 on: April 08, 2019, 12:31:58 PM »
Very nice Capt.,   Can't wait to hear what you have to say after shooting it.

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Re: Get your kicks on Route '66
« Reply #18 on: April 08, 2019, 03:28:46 PM »
Very pretty rifle!

I'm trying to figure out if you're gonna run out of money, space, or your wife's good blessing first, Kirk?  ;)

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Re: Get your kicks on Route '66
« Reply #19 on: April 09, 2019, 08:11:25 AM »
Very pretty rifle!

I'm trying to figure out if you're gonna run out of money, space, or your wife's good blessing first, Kirk?  ;)

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Re: Get your kicks on Route '66
« Reply #20 on: April 09, 2019, 09:21:31 AM »

My wife knows nothing about this, or the vast majority of my guns. L@J

Hi Kirk, I will pray for you.  K_) K_) K_)

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Re: Get your kicks on Route '66
« Reply #21 on: April 11, 2019, 12:47:51 PM »
Seems like the accumulation of accoutrements is the thorn within the rose bush...LOL!
First off, went to the Bass Pro to see if they had and .44-40 WCF loads. Not only did they not, but they flat out don't carry .44-40. Period. Checked with Midway; all they carry is Winchester Cowboy loads; a wheezy 700 fps at 40-sump'n bucks a box of 50.  (jh  I could buy moulds for that kind of scratch. Nuts. On to rollin' my own.
Next up is brass. Was looking for either Winchester or Remington, but not available from Midway. Midsouth listed it, but out of stock with no reorder date. Natchez didn't even have it listed. Midway has Starline brass but out of stock. Midway also had decent quantities of hard cast bullets pretty reasonable, but really need to slug my barrel first as they are available in .427, .428, or .429 in 200gr RNFP. Of course, I realized I will need dies so I placed an order with Midway for the RCBS .44-40 "Cowboy" dies (which are dimensionally a bit different; designed for loading cast lead bullets rather than modern jacketed stuff). While placing the order, I realized that I didn't have a shell holder or trim shellholder either, so threw them in as well. Sheesh... L@J
Getting to be on a first-name basis with Midway. I'm just glad they had another free shipping deal today.

Midway free shipping offer: (ends midnight tonight)

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Re: Get your kicks on Route '66
« Reply #22 on: April 11, 2019, 10:29:55 PM »
https://www.starlinebrass.com/brass-cases/44-40-Brass/  44-40 cowboy dies size to .429, standard dies size to .427. I shave lead and crush cases with standard dies,
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Re: Get your kicks on Route '66
« Reply #23 on: April 12, 2019, 08:14:45 AM »
Track of The Wolf carries .44-40 Starline brass. They have some molds too but I don't recall which ones. Big Lube has the .44-40 Mav Dutchman mold, which has huge lube grooves especially for black powder. I got one, I like the bullets but they are 6 cavity molds and I'm not sure I wouldn't rather have a 2 cavity one.

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Re: Get your kicks on Route '66
« Reply #24 on: April 12, 2019, 10:12:42 AM »
I did see that Starline sells direct, (but not at a discount) and also that Track does have them as well. Their prices don't match Midway's, so I guess I will wait a bit and see if Midway gets them back in stock, though it's nice to have alternatives. With free shipping deals, you are saving 10 bucks per order, so it does make a difference.
I try not to order from Midway unless they have free shipping going on.
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Re: Get your kicks on Route '66
« Reply #25 on: April 16, 2019, 10:32:53 AM »
That's a real beauty Capt! Look forward to your shooing report.

I too just got a 66 short rifle. It's a Miroku/Winchester in 44-40. It's in transit to my FFL right now. Can't wait to get it in hand.
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Re: Get your kicks on Route '66
« Reply #26 on: April 16, 2019, 11:15:56 AM »
That's a real beauty Capt! Look forward to your shooing report.

I too just got a 66 short rifle. It's a Miroku/Winchester in 44-40. It's in transit to my FFL right now. Can't wait to get it in hand.

Naturally, we will expect a write-up with lotsa pitchers for dem's who cain't reed none too gud.

Looking forward to it!
Do you load for .44-40 now?
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Re: Get your kicks on Route '66
« Reply #27 on: April 16, 2019, 11:26:07 AM »
That's a real beauty Capt! Look forward to your shooing report.

I too just got a 66 short rifle. It's a Miroku/Winchester in 44-40. It's in transit to my FFL right now. Can't wait to get it in hand.

Naturally, we will expect a write-up with lotsa pitchers for dem's who cain't reed none too gud.

Looking forward to it!
Do you load for .44-40 now?


Yes Sir, full write up and report will be forthcoming!

I didn't want to hijack your thread, but here's a sneak peek.




I don't currently reload 44-40, but that's about to change.
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Re: Get your kicks on Route '66
« Reply #28 on: April 16, 2019, 11:36:22 AM »



Yes Sir, full write up and report will be forthcoming!

I didn't want to hijack your thread, but here's a sneak peek.


Oh, that be handsome!


I don't currently reload 44-40, but that's about to change.

Good deal. We can exchange notes, then as I am fixing to work up some loads myself.
I have decided to go smokeless in the beginning (Unique) and maybe move to BP later. I ordered a set of the RCBS Cowboy dies, recommended for cast bullets as they expand the case mouth to dimensions more suited to lead bullets (standard .44-40 dies are geared more towards jacketed bullets) Unique is a very inexpensive powder (relatively speaking) and a decent load can be built using a mere 5-9.5gr (do the math). Midway has pre-cast bullets in .427,.428 and .429 depending on your bore that will work well in either smokeless or BP rounds.
I just ordered the new Lyman cast bullets book (4th edition) so will be exploring moulds for the .44-40 as well.
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Re: Get your kicks on Route '66
« Reply #29 on: April 16, 2019, 11:45:33 AM »


Good deal. We can exchange notes, then as I am fixing to work up some loads myself.
I have decided to go smokeless in the beginning (Unique) and maybe move to BP later. I ordered a set of the RCBS Cowboy dies, recommended for cast bullets as they expand the case mouth to dimensions more suited to lead bullets (standard .44-40 dies are geared more towards jacketed bullets) Unique is a very inexpensive powder (relatively speaking) and a decent load can be built using a mere 5-9.5gr (do the math). Midway has pre-cast bullets in .427,.428 and .429 depending on your bore that will work well in either smokeless or BP rounds.
I just ordered the new Lyman cast bullets book (4th edition) so will be exploring moulds for the .44-40 as well.

Thanks for the info Capt. I'll order the cowboy does as well, since I don't have any yet. It will be great to exchange info. I'll probably go straight for BP in my loadings. Since it's currently what I'm shooting. This is gonna be fun!
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