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    I just ordered a Moose mould this weekend thanks


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    I'm no expert, but here are my notes on the 44-40 tests I did. Other peoples loads are noted on the bottom. http://acwsa.org/images/MiscImages/44-40%20Groups.jpg
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    Lots of shooters I know get good results wit 22-23 grains of Goex 3f and a 240 grain bullet. Uberti guns have had different rifling over the years and your mileage may vary. I size my bullets to .429" but the bore needs to be slugged to find out what diameter is needed. Nominal bore for 44/40 is .427". I have never had great results with bullets in the 200 to 220 grain range. Could be my rifling. I use enough COW to seat the bullet firmly against the filler.
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    My gun is brand new and using clippers the bore measure .430 form grove to grove. Moose molds is .431 I hope that will work out. I will see when it gets here


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    What load should I start with for 44-40 Henry?

    I bought some Fiocchi 44-40 cowboy loads and they?re .427 dia and shoot ok at 50yrds The bullets are very hard lead My bore is .430 a little lose for this bullet


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    I looked up the Fiocchi ammo. They use a 210 grain bullet. Probably a better pistol round than a rifle round..
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    Ok I shot the Henry today with 28gr 3f Goex Dutchman bullet sized to .429 in a lubber sizer with MCM lube and shoot pretty good at 50 yard bench rest but it seems to start fouling the barrel after about 6 or 8 rounds and started throwing rounds Any idea is it the lube. What lube does most of everyone use that can make it though a match?
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    I think you're right on the money Mr. Epps. I think you're now dealing with the notorious black powder fouling issue. I spent some years wrestling with this with my reconditioned Spencer and finally cured it with one of those Lee molds throwing bullets with a whole bunch of deep grooves on the side totally filled with Lens Lube. Can shoot fifteen shots with the fifteenth still on the money. Can't use in repeater mode though.
    As an aside dealt with the smoothbore the same way. School solution lube wise is Alox. However after about five or six shots into a match still had to beat the rounds down with a purple passion. Went to simply applying a glob of Lens Lube to the top of the ball. Great loading, no noticeable change in accuracy.
    I've always been in awe watching the Henry folks break targets -- like raining chards. I've decided they break them so fast fouling doesn't become an issue.

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    Recipe for N Lube, aka Bob-o-lene, copied from a post of mine from 4 years ago.

    Mix 8 ounces each of pure Neatsfoot oil and and beeswax with one bar of Neutrogena soap in a melting pot. When combined, scrape some flakes from a bar of Ivory soap. (That last was given to me care of a chemist who said the soap makes the ingredients stay blended while cooling. Otherwise they will try to separate as they cool.)
    Anyways, I made some stick moulds out of pvc pipe and arrow shafts for the core pins. This lets me make lube sticks for my Lubrisizer. I get about 12 sticks out of a double batch, plus I pour the leftover into baby food tubs to use as top cylinder lube for my revolver.

    Making your own lube is not for everyone, but this recipe is superior to SPG and anything else I've seen.
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