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Forgot to load the black powder info.

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Thanks to all.  Your information is very much appreciated.  

cwachter:  Does this book cover cartridge dimensions specific to the Model 1873?  I read in an earlier post that cartridge OAL should be no more than 1.60” for proper function.  

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Proper overall length is more important in a 73 than it is in a 92.  I load all of my .38-40 and .44-40 at 1.585 oal.  It will sometimes depend on the bullet and the position of the crimp groove.  It is a good idea to stay within 1.582 and 1.593.  Mikes book cover all of this pretty well, plus giving you some ideas on bullets and powder.

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win4575 said
Proper overall length is more important in a 73 than it is in a 92.  I load all of my .38-40 and .44-40 at 1.585 oal.  It will sometimes depend on the bullet and the position of the crimp groove.  It is a good idea to stay within 1.582 and 1.593.  Mikes book cover all of this pretty well, plus giving you some ideas on bullets and powder.  

Mike’s book shows max OAL at 1.593 just as Rick said.  Shooting Lever Guns of the Old West.

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Thanks guys.  I was about to ask the title of his book but you answered my question.  I found a SAMMI drawing of the Winchester 38-40 which confirms cartridge OAL of 1.592” max / 1.560” min.

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Dan has a great .38-40 bullet–40 Caliber  ~  Mountain Mould   ~  .403   ~  175 grains  ~  FNGC – with Crimp Groove.

https://bullshop.weebly.com/–40-caliber-cast-bullets.html

Our ’73, made in 1885, shot fairly well using Laser-Cast bullets.  After Dan chose a mould and determined the size of bullet I needed, he produced the gas-checked bullet noted above.  Now I no longer consider using the Laser-Cast.  And even though our ’73’s bore is not good, Dan’s bullets are extremely accurate from it.

He knows his trade and will help you in finding bullets to suit your uses.  Quick/timely delivery.

My most recent deer fell to one of his bullets from an aged 1894 .32 WS.  Should you want a lead bullet for shooting and/or hunting, Dan can produce a good one for you.

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Thanks very much, I will check this out. 

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