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    Colt SAA, Accuracy and the .44-40

    Since the subject was brought up on another post, I thought I would share some targets saved over the years shooting the Colt SAA chambered in .44-40. All Guns used the same load of 7.2 Grains of IMR PB, in Winchester Cases, WLP Primer and a Magma Engineering Mould for the 200 Gr. RNFP .44-40 .427 Diameter. Rounds were fired off hand, two hand hold at 15 yards. Most of what I show you was for an article that I wrote.

    At the time SASS or Tex as Editor of the Chronicle, did not have a way of illustrating the targets based upon my load data, nor did he have the ability to show charts. The Article was chopped up to make everyone feel good, but lacked the illustrations to point to my claims.

    I can't speak to the 45 Colt as I have never tested a bunch of revolvers or loads for that Caliber. I only Chronographed some Loads for Olin-Winchester during the development of their Cowboy Loads prior to deployment to the public.
    Anyway Chew on this for a spell.








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    Nice!

    Interesting between the first two targets you had the barrel lengthened from 4 3/4" to 5 1/2".

    Is "P.C." a commemorative?

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    Quote Originally Posted by peacemaker View Post


    Nice!

    Interesting between the first two targets you had the barrel lengthened from 4 3/4" to 5 1/2".

    Is "P.C." a commemorative?
    Yes PC is Peacemaker Commemorative.
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    I'm encouraged with the .44-40's potential

    Just seeing your groups. I have not loaded for or even shot my Frontier Six Shooter yet.

    BTW, you can sure handle a hogleg!

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    Smile

    Kid, those are some nice groups. The more I shoot the .44WCF the better I like it. It's a great cartridge.
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    Nice targets Kid! It's always a pleasant day when you can come away from a range day with groups like that. (Especially in some of the temperatures you were shooting in...)
    Stay safe,
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    kid...a question. the first gen .44-40 i recently got has about the thinnest chamber walls i've ever seen. was only planning on shotting with bp loads anyway, but these walls are noticably thinner than on my .45 lc 1878 da, on the outside edges and in between the individual chambers. is this normal? the gun was made in 1893.




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    Very impressive, Kid. .427" diameter, eh? Hmmmmm!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mike hudson View Post
    kid...a question. the first gen .44-40 i recently got has about the thinnest chamber walls i've ever seen. was only planning on shotting with bp loads anyway, but these walls are noticably thinner than on my .45 lc 1878 da, on the outside edges and in between the individual chambers. is this normal? the gun was made in 1893.
    STICK with the BP Loads Mike, Yes and the walls on the older models do appear to be thinner.
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    thanks kid...the real oldies i don't shoot much, a box a year at most. but i would have some trepidation at touching this off with even a smokeless cowboy load. still, it's a lovely thing!





 
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