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Old April 4, 2012, 02:33 PM   #1
Nick Jade
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Problems chambering .45 colt in Winchester 94

I have recently begun reloading and have a winchester 94 in .45 colt. My reloads do not want to chamber but factory loads are chambering just fine. Is it my rifle or my reloads that are the problem. The reloads are catching just as they enter the chamber. Here is the information:

Factory:


.45 colt 255 gr. Cowboy action rounded flat point. * * * BVAC

Reloads:

45 cal (.452) 250 gr SWC. * * Speer

I've made sure that the cartridges are the exact same length. The only thing I know is different is the shape of the bullet. Factory is round with a flat nose while my reload is SWC . Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!
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Old April 4, 2012, 02:42 PM   #2
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It's probably the SWC bullets catching in the chamber mouth. I prefer FP or RN bullets in my rifle as they have less area to catch on something.
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Old April 4, 2012, 02:50 PM   #3
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Thanks! I will give the FP bullets a try.
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Old April 4, 2012, 07:45 PM   #4
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I'd give some round nose a try. I think with the straight shells, it is easy for a reload, (or factory) to hang up unless it is perfectly aligned.
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Old April 4, 2012, 08:27 PM   #5
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I've made sure that the cartridges are the exact same length.
That may be where your problem is. You need to seat to (and crimp)
into bullet's design crimping groove. In the case of your Speer250gr
(Lead) SWC bullet, that will leave the proper amount of "ledge" above
the case to assist in guiding the bullet up and over the chamber entrance lip.

All three of these cartridges below function perfectly in my 45 Colt/1894.**
Note the OALs are determined by the crimp groove location, are all
different, and leaves that "ledge" I spoke of in the middle 255Keith semi wadcutter.




**
[YMMV in a Winchester, of course. But I'll lay fair odds.....]

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