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Re: Get your kicks on Route '66
« Reply #45 on: May 01, 2019, 08:37:45 AM »
Thanks for the insight Scooby. I am learning much from your suggestions.

I have a Lee powder measure, but don't use it. When I load up .45 Colt ammo, I use a homemade dipper to charge the cases. I'll do the same for the 44-40. I'll figure out how much powder the case will hold, and construct a dipper just for that caliber.

I am really curious to see the volume of powder a 44-40 case will hold. When loading my .45's, I get about 32 grains in with enough room left to seat a bullet. It obviously compresses the powder, but I don't think I could get much more in the case and still leave enough room to seat the bullet.

I should have all my supplies here by Friday. So experimentation will begin in earnest.
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Re: Get your kicks on Route '66
« Reply #46 on: May 01, 2019, 08:49:38 AM »
Very well then. You are already volume loading for your 45 Colt so you will be spot on with the 44 WCF. I will give you a call one if these evenings soon and pass on another little tip I use for figuring powder column levels to match the bullet being used. It would take too long ro type it here.

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Re: Get your kicks on Route '66
« Reply #47 on: May 01, 2019, 08:52:56 AM »
Thanks for the insight Scooby. I am learning much from your suggestions.

I have a Lee powder measure, but don't use it. When I load up .45 Colt ammo, I use a homemade dipper to charge the cases. I'll do the same for the 44-40. I'll figure out how much powder the case will hold, and construct a dipper just for that caliber.

I am really curious to see the volume of powder a 44-40 case will hold. When loading my .45's, I get about 32 grains in with enough room left to seat a bullet. It obviously compresses the powder, but I don't think I could get much more in the case and still leave enough room to seat the bullet.

I should have all my supplies here by Friday. So experimentation will begin in earnest.
For curiosity's sake, Dave...did you order a compression die with your supplies?
I'm hoping to start cranking out smokeless .44-40 rounds by the end of the week.
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Re: Get your kicks on Route '66
« Reply #48 on: May 01, 2019, 08:56:08 AM »
Very well then. You are already volume loading for your 45 Colt so you will be spot on with the 44 WCF. I will give you a call one if these evenings soon and pass on another little tip I use for figuring powder column levels to match the bullet being used. It would take too long ro type it here.

Thank you Scooby. I look forward to talking with you again!
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Re: Get your kicks on Route '66
« Reply #49 on: May 01, 2019, 08:57:38 AM »
Thanks for the insight Scooby. I am learning much from your suggestions.

I have a Lee powder measure, but don't use it. When I load up .45 Colt ammo, I use a homemade dipper to charge the cases. I'll do the same for the 44-40. I'll figure out how much powder the case will hold, and construct a dipper just for that caliber.

I am really curious to see the volume of powder a 44-40 case will hold. When loading my .45's, I get about 32 grains in with enough room left to seat a bullet. It obviously compresses the powder, but I don't think I could get much more in the case and still leave enough room to seat the bullet.

I should have all my supplies here by Friday. So experimentation will begin in earnest.
For curiosity's sake, Dave...did you order a compression die with your supplies?
I'm hoping to start cranking out smokeless .44-40 rounds by the end of the week.

I haven't ordered the compression die yet Capt. Thanks for reminding me.
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Re: Get your kicks on Route '66
« Reply #50 on: June 13, 2019, 06:43:07 AM »
So, I put the Yellow Boy through the paces on my little north woods vacation trip. Only put 10 rounds through it as the mosquitoes were ferocious and all I was doing was a functional check, but let's just say I'm happy with the function of it...all 10 loaded, ejected, and functioned flawlessly.
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Re: Get your kicks on Route '66
« Reply #51 on: June 13, 2019, 08:46:47 AM »
Excellent news!
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Re: Get your kicks on Route '66
« Reply #52 on: June 13, 2019, 12:07:37 PM »
Just playin' with the Flickr effects...

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Re: Get your kicks on Route '66
« Reply #53 on: June 13, 2019, 03:24:52 PM »
Awesome picture Capt.
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Re: Get your kicks on Route '66
« Reply #54 on: June 14, 2019, 09:54:59 AM »
Awesome picture Capt.

Thanks, Dave. Scooby showed me the beauty of B&W photos through a bunch of his postings.
Though I complain some about Flickr now charging a small fee for photo hosting, I really enjoy being able to alter and doctor my photos, plus I have unlimited storage space.
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Re: Get your kicks on Route '66
« Reply #55 on: June 27, 2019, 01:05:36 PM »
More playin' around...

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Re: Get your kicks on Route '66
« Reply #56 on: June 27, 2019, 01:11:23 PM »
More playin'...

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