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Old March 18, 2008, 02:28 PM   #1
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38-55 Win == Favorite Loads

I'm getting ready to start loading 38-55 Win and am looking for some advice & favorite loads. I plan on loading practice loads only: Hard Cast bullets, Mid Velocity and want an Accurate load There is not alot of data out there for this cartridge and would like your input. I have a vintage Marlin Model 1893 Takedown (made in 1900), built for Smokeless Powder, that is in mint condition and want to shoot it some. I have had people tell me that I'm crazy and should hang it on the wall....but it was made to shoot and I want to enjoy it...more than just looking at it. Resale value means nothing to me since it's a family hand down and would never be sold anyway. If possible I would like to get away w/ 1 or 2 powders. Thanks !
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Old March 18, 2008, 07:00 PM   #2
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The first thing anyone will tell you about a .38-55 and a lot of other lever guns is to slug the bore before you invest in bullets. Talk to the folks at this forum: and at this forum: I learned a bunch from them-they live and breathe lever guns in these forums.

Good luck.
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Old March 19, 2008, 06:07 AM   #3
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Primered, Thanks for the leeds...I'll check them out
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Old March 19, 2008, 03:00 PM   #4
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I'm hearing some very good things from .38-55 and .32-40 shooters about Trail Boss.

I use it in .44 Special and am VERY happy with it.
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