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Old March 30th, 2009, 11:03 AM   #1
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Reloading the 38-40

I lack hands-on reloading experience with this cartridge so, I'm asking for help. I have access to load data. I'm looking for examples of how to handle the thin brass during sizing, bullet seating, and crimping. There is some info I've read at http://www.sixguns.com/tests/tt3840.htm and a few other places.
Brass and die suggestions are welcome.

Brand and Model of gun for the intended loads: Ruger Buckeye 38-40/10mm
Caliber/cartridge to be loaded: 38-40
Bullet weight: 180 to 200gr.
Bullet type: Plated to hard cast WFNGC
Type of powder: Unique or 231, pos. 800X
Standard or magnum primers: Std.
Desired velocity or use: 40 S&W equiv.(maybe a little bit more)

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Old March 31st, 2009, 12:25 AM   #2
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I am reloading the 44-40 which is thin wall as well. Lee dies are the less in cost but RCBS isn't that much more. Me I would opt for RCBS. Depends on what your going to be loading it for, I supect your going to be loading for cas, if so I have found that basic target loads work well. Since this is a step case like the 44-40 your going to have to lub your brass. If you have experance in reloading just start out slow and ya will pick it up pretty fast. Y a can size 44-40 brass to 38-40 but ya may have to trim if so do it slow as ya will tear the brass instead of trim. I love shooting and reloading for the 44-40, its a little slower but I have time on my hands these days. Good luck hope this helps.
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