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January 12, 2023 - 11:39 pm
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I just acquired a Legenday Frontiersman Mod 94. Does anyone know the bore size ? Wanting to load some ammo but finding varying information. 
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I do not know the answer to your question but will suggest starting with .376 and see how it shoots. If it won’t shoot accurately, try .379

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I would slug the bore.

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I would slug the bore.

  

Me too.

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I had one, will check my records as I recall slugging it.

 

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I checked my notes, still hard to believe the commemorative gun had nearly the same bore dimensions as my 1895 and a bit later  vintage 38-55’s. Old and new(er) guns both slugged at about .380” and did fine with .381” GC cast bullets. Unfortunately most gas checks are made for a bit smaller bores and bullets. The 38-55 doesn’t require a GC bullet but in my experience it seems to like it for some reason. Apparently many modern 38-55’s slug closer to .375” so slugging is always a good practice when working up a load for this cartridge.

 

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TXGunNut said
I had one, will check my records as I recall slugging it.

 

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I’d appreciate it!! 

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I had one, will check my records as I recall slugging it.

 

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I’d appreciate it!! 

  

Results above. Forgot to mention the finish on the receiver is not very durable and is easily stained by using black powder and possibly other substances. Excellent test mule for working up loads for older 38-55’s.

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I checked my notes, still hard to believe the commemorative gun had nearly the same bore dimensions as my 1895 and a bit later  vintage 38-55’s. Old and new(er) guns both slugged at about .380” and did fine with .381” GC cast bullets. Unfortunately most gas checks are made for a bit smaller bores and bullets. The 38-55 doesn’t require a GC bullet but in my experience it seems to like it for some reason. Apparently many modern 38-55’s slug closer to .375” so slugging is always a good practice when working up a load for this cartridge.

 

Mike

  

Thank you ? 

a slugging we will go. The factory ammo for these are .375 jacketed. I pulled a bullet and mic’d it. Makes me wonder what’s what ?‍♂️

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I checked my notes, still hard to believe the commemorative gun had nearly the same bore dimensions as my 1895 and a bit later  vintage 38-55’s. Old and new(er) guns both slugged at about .380” and did fine with .381” GC cast bullets. Unfortunately most gas checks are made for a bit smaller bores and bullets. The 38-55 doesn’t require a GC bullet but in my experience it seems to like it for some reason. Apparently many modern 38-55’s slug closer to .375” so slugging is always a good practice when working up a load for this cartridge.

 

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Thank you ? 

a slugging we will go. The factory ammo for these are .375 jacketed. I pulled a bullet and mic’d it. Makes me wonder what’s what ?‍♂️

  

Hard to believe but quite often a .375 jacketed bullet will shoot reasonably well or better in a .380 bore. The soft lead core of the jacketed bullet and aggressive pressure curve of the modern smokeless propellants make up for what seems to be an undersize bullet by bumping it up to fill the bore.

 

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Well, took your advice, slugged the bore and it measures .376. I’m thinking the .375 jacketed ammo will not be super accurate out of that barrel. Found some .377 cast poly coated to try. 

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Don’t arbitrarily jump to conclusions on the jacketed bullets.  Try a few, you may just be surprised.  Having said that, lead is cheaper (or used to be) and plenty of fun.  Enjoy the rifles and shooting them.  Tim

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I agree with Tim, try some of the jacketed bullets.  If you use lead get some .377″ or .378″.  Most target shooters don’t like coated bullets.  The coating will build up on the barrel.

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