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    Rookie questions about the Smith Carbine

    I am smitten by the Smith Carbine. I have not bought one, but been looking. I missed a couple of repros online recently, but that's life.
    Here's my questions.
    I'm looking for hunting and target loads.
    Which case has the most capacity?

    Which is preferred for accuracy?

    Will Using a reduced load on a large capacity case cause bullet jump and poor accuracy?

    Looking for a LFN style bullet, maybe a Keith style, what are my choices of molds? Original sharp nose bullets don't impress me on terminal performance.

    Thanks all in Advance.
    Eterry

    PS: What's the max velocity for a hunting load in the Smith? I'm sure someone has chronographed their's.

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    I forgot to mention. I have the Lee .515 450 mold for a 50 2 1/2" Roller I'm working on.
    Also, is there a capacity difference between the black and white cartridges?
    Thanks.

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    The Eras Gone Smith bullet with the standard black nylon tubes will hold a maximum of about 33 grains 3F powder.

    Target load seems to be 32 grains, sized to .315.
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    A few full capacity tubes?

    In my travels I picked up a few of the black full capacity Smith tubes. I do not know how many grains that they will hold? I will sell all of this type for $8.00 shipped. Sorry, shipping is a killer to Texas. Do you want me to check how many in the deal?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maillemaker View Post
    The Eras Gone Smith bullet with the standard black nylon tubes will hold a maximum of about 33 grains 3F powder.

    Target load seems to be 32 grains, sized to .315.

    That's gonna rattle down the bore a mite, don't cha think Steve?
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    You mean 0.515? It?s a .52 caliber
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lou Lou Lou View Post
    You mean 0.515? It?s a .52 caliber
    Smith carbines are .50 caliber.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Gaul View Post
    In my travels I picked up a few of the black full capacity Smith tubes. I do not know how many grains that they will hold? I will sell all of this type for $8.00 shipped. Sorry, shipping is a killer to Texas. Do you want me to check how many in the deal?

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    Yes please let me know how many you have.

    I ship all of Conus using USPS Flat Rate boxes.
    It's fast, as cheap as anything else, and insured. The nearest USPO has a 24 hour kiosk, you can mail any time you want. I love it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Maillemaker View Post
    The Eras Gone Smith bullet with the standard black nylon tubes will hold a maximum of about 33 grains 3F powder.

    Target load seems to be 32 grains, sized to .315.
    A .315 bullet and 32grs FFFG... that's knocking on the back door of a 32-40.
    Spell check doesn't always work for me either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Muley Gil View Post
    That's gonna rattle down the bore a mite, don't cha think Steve?
    ahahahah!

    Yes, .515 is what I meant. I think I was going to type .513 but .515 is what the kids' reproduction Smiths use. My original Use .518.
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