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Old January 14, 2013, 06:19 PM   #1
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colt lightning pump in .32 cal

Hi Folks. Just a quick question, I have a Colt lightning rifle in .32-20.
The serial numbers point to a manufacturing date of 1901.
Would this been made to use smokeless powder?

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Old January 14, 2013, 06:38 PM   #2
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Welcome aboard. It is an old rifle and a Lightning is not a strong action in the first place. That said, I think you can probably find some loads using Unique or Trailboss that would work fine. I'm shooting an 1889 Swiss and a Colt Lightning pistol that was made about the same time with smokeless. I think I would err on the low side of the recommended loads or else use Pyrodex. You may wish to post this in the section on reloading to get more viewers.
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