The problem is I have fallen back in love with my retirement rifles. I have too many damn guns and I really need to do something about that in the worst way. This week, riding along will be my classic heart throbs:
Shooting black powder cartridge guns insn't much fun in winter.
I like to go smokeless in winter. With black powder cartridges, I like to throw the brass into warm soapy water the second after they're fired - it neutralizes the salts left by the combustion before they can attack the brass. Mopping bores is a pain in cold weather too. Getting your hands wet in winter is not pleasant. So - I just load up patty-cake smokeless shells that approximate the performance of black powder rounds and it's all good enough for winter practice. I have the single shot roller figured out and under control... but that lever gun has me perplexed.
It's a Uberti repro of the 1876 Winchester Centennial gun, chambered in the historically correct .45-75 cartridge. That chambering was relatively short lived and not that popular - in fact, the only guys that took it seriously were our own North West Mounted Police up here in Canada - and even they threw it out after a relatively short period! It's so obscure, that if you can find it, a box of 20 shells will run between $90.00 and $160.00. The only guys that made brass for it seem to have gone MIA. I have about 200 virgin Jamison brass cases that people would happily kill me for. I am probably the only guy in western Canada with a stash like that - and no, I ain't sellin'! I hear that I may be able to form new cases from a parent case like the 50-90 Sharps... and I am not looking forward to that - but I'll do it in time if I must. Reloading data is almost non-existent; I might find some in an out of print Lyman manual if I can find it, and some other internet stubfarts have dabbled in reloading. This week I am going to try a 350 gr. home cast bullet over 40 gr. of IMR3031. I'm pretty sure I won't blow myself up... but I am off the beaten path with this. What I've done is take the mildest starting loads for the antique 45-70 round (for which there IS a lot of information) - and backed it off a smidge to start in my lever gun above. The gunnies on the forums that I trust have given me the go ahead - but I hate trusting internet loading data. You can bet I'll have the chronograph on this one - I want a nice, safe, slow 1400 FPS out of this gun. I have guns I can hotrod if I want - this one is my Model T of my gun collection, and isn't meant for street racing.
That's a standard .308 on the left, the obscure .45-75 in the middle, and a standard 45-70
on the end. The lead bullets were cast by
a grumpy old hair lipped retard who wishes to remain nameless.
I can't remember the last time I shot factory ammunition. It's bizarre... now I am casting my own bullets too. When you start reloading AND casting your own bullets, the hobby becomes much more rewarding and a helluva lot cheaper!
Wish me luck on this one boys.