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Another Win/Miroku 1873 44-40 WCF
01-06-2019, 05:01 AM (This post was last modified: 01-06-2019 05:06 AM by Randy Bohannon.)
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Another Win/Miroku 1873 44-40 WCF
I picked this one up a few days ago and a spectacular Wyoming Jan. day allowed me to get out and shoot it. On bright days I can see the factory buckhorn sights really well and yesterday was an exceptionally bright day and the target and sights really popped. I have the Deluxe version of the same rifle. This one has a 24" tapered octagon barrel a bit better trigger than the 'Deluxe' which is getting a trigger job from Mr. Bill Fuch over in Ten Sleep.
I have spent considerable amount of time working up loads and testing and two loads standout from all others.
38 grs. O.E. 2F ,Accurate mould # 43-215E cast 16:1@.430" 218 grs. lubed with modified SPG lube, WW cases,W.W LP primers with a coffee filter wad over the flash hole, seated 1.590". These shoot 1360 fps with STD Dev. of 14.9. The coffee filter really settled down the Std. Dev. ,would like to see it a bit lower yet.
Second load was a surprise, and shoots perhaps the best,(target in picture)
38 grs. O.E. 2F, R-P brass Accurate mould #43-215E sized .429" all else the same as above load. I have not chronographed this load yet but will repeat it and see.The 44-40 has become a personal favorite cartridge in lever gun, it just works and does it well.Target was 100 yds repair center for a SR-1 target.


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01-06-2019, 11:06 AM
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Nice!

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01-06-2019, 11:25 AM
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Nice! Tell Bill hello for me.
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01-06-2019, 11:29 AM
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RE: Another Win/Miroku 1873 44-40 WCF
Nicely done Randy. I really enjoy my 1873’s as well. Do you FL resize your brass? I’ve been shooting with 33-34 grains with very little compression. I assume Bill Fuch is a gunsmith over in Tensleep. Please give me his contact information. Thanks.
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01-06-2019, 02:32 PM (This post was last modified: 01-06-2019 02:43 PM by Randy Bohannon.)
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RE: Another Win/Miroku 1873 44-40 WCF
I have only FL sized new brass to eliminate the bad pieces I have even stopped case lubing new brass. The RCBS 'Cowboy' dies only round out the case mouths with very little actual 'sizing',both rifles don't mind and I have had very little trouble making shootable ammo. I think the 38 grs. of O.E. 2F supplies enough pressure that the need to anneal is really not necessary because of the thin necks when using W.W. brass. Fire formed brass is not even touched by a F/L/ sizing die, I use the expander to slightly open up the case mouth to ease seating bullets. I am waiting on a custom expander from BACO,they are simply the best expanders out there without the extreme flair factory expander dies make should make brass last a long time.I just happened to have new .429 size die and the as cast .430' bullets would not chamber with R-P brass,sizing the bullets they fit perfectly and shoot better than the as cast and W.W. brass.

Bill Fuchs
Spring Creek Armory
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Ten Sleep WY 82442
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