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Well guys, Thanks again for sharing your knowledge and experience with me regarding handloading for these old calibers. I may bug you again in the future with more questions. Thanks again.   Brian

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BRIAN BUSSEY said
Well guys, Thanks again for sharing your knowledge and experience with me regarding handloading for these old calibers. I may bug you again in the future with more questions. Thanks again.   Brian  

Brian – it sure seems you’re our kind of guy.  Feel free to hang around Smile

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Brian,

I finally found the time to dig out the 33 WCF stuff I have in my goodie box.  This is what I have available if you interested.

1. (22) once loaded 200-gr Flat point, reformed 45-70 R-P cases.

2. (12) Empty 45-70 R-P reformed cases.

3. (14) original REM-UMC cases.

Total = (48) 33 WCF loaded & empty cases.

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BRIAN BUSSEY said
Well guys, Thanks again for sharing your knowledge and experience with me regarding handloading for these old calibers. I may bug you again in the future with more questions. Thanks again.   Brian  

A great source of answers to questions you may never think to ask is Venturino’s “Shooting Lever Guns of the Old West”. My copy spends more time beside my chair than it does on the shelf. 

 

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If it were me I would bite the bullet and buy 20 to 40 rounds.  Shoot these and then reload the brass.  For most shooters this amount of brass will last them for the rest of their lives.  Last year I reloaded some 6.5 Creedmoor brass 22 times before I got the first split neck.  I do have an annealer and usually anneal after 6 firings.  Believe me the Creedmoor puts more strain on the components than our Winchesters do.

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Well I am really starting to like this forum and all of the like minded and knowledgeable people on it. I am starting to feel right at home on here. And yes, one of my favorite books on these old Winchesters is Mike Venturino’s “Shooting Lever Guns Of The Old West”. I have read my copy from cover to cover a couple of times and several of the chapters 4 and 5 times. The binding on my book is broken and the pages are starting to fall out now. But I am still reading parts of it repeatedly yet. Definitely a good source on reloading for all of these old, obsolete calibers. And a good source for the old Marlin Lever guns as well. I am also interested in them, but to a lesser extent than the Winchesters. 

  Something I have always wondered was with all of the Italian made replicas for all of the Winchester lever guns, except for the model 95, that are out there. But you never see a replica for any of the old Marlin lever guns ?? Apparently no buyer interest in replica Marlin Lever Guns ??  Apparently the Winchesters are way more in demand.

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BRIAN BUSSEY said
Well I am really starting to like this forum and all of the like minded and knowledgeable people on it. I am starting to feel right at home on here. And yes, one of my favorite books on these old Winchesters is Mike Venturino’s “Shooting Lever Guns Of The Old West”. I have read my copy from cover to cover a couple of times and several of the chapters 4 and 5 times. The binding on my book is broken and the pages are starting to fall out now. But I am still reading parts of it repeatedly yet. Definitely a good source on reloading for all of these old, obsolete calibers. And a good source for the old Marlin Lever guns as well. I am also interested in them, but to a lesser extent than the Winchesters. 

  Something I have always wondered was with all of the Italian made replicas for all of the Winchester lever guns, except for the model 95, that are out there. But you never see a replica for any of the old Marlin lever guns ?? Apparently no buyer interest in replica Marlin Lever Guns ??  Apparently the Winchesters are way more in demand.  

Brian – I’m happy to hear you are feeling comfortable here.  It’s a great group of guys sharing knowledge, stories, experience, history, thoughts, research and so on the best brand of rifle ever made.  Once you’ve been here a while, you’ll pick up that many of us also have an attachment to Marlins.  I like the old Marlin rifles a lot, but like you, to a lesser extent than Winchesters.  My main Marlin collecting focus has been 1893’s, 1894’s and 1895’s.  The focus here is of course Winchester, but occasionally a Marlin will get mentioned and on rare occasion, a photo will slip in Surprised

If you read through this thread that I started, you’ll see how a photo with a Marlin in it was quietly slipped in:

https://winchestercollector.org/forum/winchester-rifles/who-likes-this-tang-sight-who-has-one/

On the topic of Marlins, one our longstanding members (and prolific Winchester collectors) was a founding member of the Marlin Collector’s Association – there’s a guy (Henry) who knows something about Marlins!

To respond to your question, why haven’t the old Marlins been the subject of replicas? All I can say is, it’s because they’re not Winchesters!

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Sold my fathers .33  Winchester several years ago. Just found a box of 20 200 gr flat tips I bought in 89 when he passed. Bought them at a gun shop in NW Connecticut that year called The Armory. Just found the box. It was necked down 45/70 brass.  Any idea what I should ask for them?

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Steven,  If you insist on selling them, I would only ask about what the brass and primers may be worth.  Personally I would not buy them to shoot as is as I would not trust the source that loaded them back when.  Its way too easy for a firearm to fail with unknown loads.  As such I would be thinking in the terms of maybe  $20, and at that I personally have no interest at all.  There are very, very few who reload ammo that I would then shoot their offerings.  Salvaging bullets may bring that up somewhat as the flatpoints are scarce.   Tim

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CoolYou BRIAN BUSSEY said
I am looking for something that basically doesn’t exist, loaded .33 WCF ammo. The only sources I can find online is Buffalo Arms and another reloading website that I just discovered called Hendershots. The latter being VERY EXPENSIVE. But of coarse neither one has any in stock and probably never will in my lifetime. I have a backorder in with Buffalo Arms, for what it’s worth. 

  Does anyone have any advice for me in my quest to find Hen’s Teeth ??

  

Brian,

I came across, I believe around 99 rounds in my armory. No clue where I ended up getting it but I’d let you have it for a lot cheaper than what you’re seeing. I’d rather let someone shoot it than keep it in my armory collecting dust. I will recount it this week. Email me if you’re interested. [email protected]

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