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April 13, 2017
9:58 pm
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      I recently got both of John Campbell’s books about the Single Shot, which brought up a question.     Pages 96 & 97 of Volume I have a long list of chamberings and barrels for the S. S.     I was quite surprised to see that the .38WCF  and .44WCF  had twist rates of 1 -36,  while the .25WCF was 1 – 14 and the .32WCF was 1 – 20.

      Anybody know why the .38 and .44 had such slow twist rates ?     Why weren’t they the same as, or at least closer to, the ’73 and ’92 rifles ?

      Also, anyone have reload suggestions for the .38WCF in the 1885 ?

                  Thanks !

April 14, 2017
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Not everything you read in Campbell’s 2-volume series is accurate.

Do you have a low-wall rifle, or a high-wall ? The high-wall receiver is quite some bit stouter, and you can load it quite hot if you choose to do so. If you have a low-wall, keep it in the same range as the W.H.V. loads made for the Model 1892.

Bert

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