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October 9, 2021 - 10:01 pm
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I need to order bullets for my new to me 86.  Any suggestions on the diameter? Some of these older guns might need as much as a .408″ bullet.

Realized I messed up the Topic.  It should read 40-65. 

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I edited the topic title for you.

In regards to your question, I suggest that you slug the bore to determine what bullet diameter you will need.

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I heartily second what Bert said.

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Sounds like an adventure! In addition to the bore slugging I like to measure the case mouth ID of fired cases, if available. Sometimes a bullet big enough to effectively engage the rifling is too big for the chamber or the case. But I suspect you know that, Chuck. Looking forward to your reports, I know nearly nothing about the 40-65.

 

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I always slug the barrel but I don’t have any lead balls to use.  Does any one have a contact for these?  I need some for other calibers too.

I have heard that some neck turning could be required if the bullet diameter gets too large.  Never have had to do this before so it will be a new experience for me and maybe some new tools as well.  New tools are always a good thing.

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I always slug the barrel but I don’t have any lead balls to use.  Does any one have a contact for these?  I need some for other calibers too.

I have heard that some neck turning could be required if the bullet diameter gets too large.  Never have had to do this before so it will be a new experience for me and maybe some new tools as well.  New tools are always a good thing.  

Some days it pays to shoot muzzle loaders. I have .54 and .45 balls in my kit and I sacrifice a OO Buck shotgun shell now and then to slug smaller bores. Let me know if I can send you some.

 

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Fishing weights of the appropriate diameter and design work well too.

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Thanks for the comments.  I ordered some pure lead balls in .424″, .451″ and .465″.  This should cover the 40-60, the Henry and 66 and the 45 calibers.  If too large I will roll/smash them to reduce the diameter enough to get them started. 

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Yes, can roll them down if too big. In the case of 35 calibers I put a OO buckshot ball (33 caliber) on an anvil and smack it good with a hammer. May want to do that to slug the 44’s with a .424 ball. Don’t forget to lube the bore, never stuck a ball in a bore but I understand it’s no fun.

 

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Yes, can roll them down if too big. In the case of 35 calibers I put a OO buckshot ball (33 caliber) on an anvil and smack it good with a hammer. May want to do that to slug the 44’s with a .424 ball. Don’t forget to lube the bore, never stuck a ball in a bore but I understand it’s no fun.

 

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Mike the .451″ lead balls are for slugging the Henry and 66.  These should slug out at about .445″ or so.  The .421″ are for the 40-65 which should be somewhere between .406″ and .410″. 

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