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October 15, 2022 - 3:17 am
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I have a Whitney-Kennedy in 40-60 win that is in good shape and I would like to shoot it deer hunting! I came across a couple boxes of Jamison Legacy Grade Ammunition 210 Gr RNFP 1,475 FPS velocity and 1,015 FT/LBS energy. Is this to Hot to shoot in this old of a gun? According to what I have found about the original 40-60 win. load it was actually a little hotter! Any thoughts from you more experienced guys sure would be appreciated! Thanks!!

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I have no experience with Whitney Kennedys.  If the gun is deemed safe to shoot the 1,475 FPS is about the original black powder speed for a 76 Winchester and the Marlin.  Make sure you have the gun looked at by a gunsmith…..It would really make me happier if I knew what and how much powder is in the case.  Per Barnes data 21 grains of 4198 would give you about 1,520 fps.  I would always start lower and I always use a chronograph to verify the speed.

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The Whitney Kennedy rifle’s that were chambered for the 40-60 wcf used the same Winchester cartridge as the 1876 Winchester 40-60 wcf . Not saying your rifle is safe to shoot the loads you are referring to , but just for a comparison    . I have and shoot four different original  1876 Winchesters in 40-60 wcf . The Bullet weight and velocity that  you have listed would not be considered a Hot load judging from what I use in my rifles . As a side note , have shot several deer and wild hog with the 40-60 wcf , its a lot of fun and a very capable cartridge   .   Good Luck .,,,,DT 

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Thanks for the reply and information! I have never reloaded anything but would love to start reloading for the 40-60 and a 44 Henry I have! Could you point me in direction for what I will need? I have found new brass and loaded shells for the 40-60 but no bullets or affordable dies or even an old handloader! Thanks from a new member!

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Jay for reloading supplies you can try Buffalo Arms Co. they usually have what you would need for reloading components . You may keep an eye on E-Bay for Dies and Reloading Tong Tools .  I would recommend getting and reading reloading manuals like Lyman  , Hornady and others . These will give you a start with the basics and  learning process of reloading . Another good book to have is  written by Mike Venturino  titled Shooting Lever Guns of the Old West  . Hope this helps you . Feel free to PM me with any questions , would be happy to help a new member , if I can . ,,,DT 

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Thank you! I will check out your recommendations!

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