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Joe_S
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38-56?
Sep 23rd, 2006 at 12:17am
 
I am interested in a High Wall in 38-55 or 32-40, came across one in 38-56. What are the charachteristics of this cartridge and is it a competitive Schuetzen benchrest cartridge? Thanks!,Joe S
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Re: 38-56?
Reply #1 - Sep 23rd, 2006 at 12:41am
 
We had a shooter here in the Northwest who shot one in a Ruger. He was bound and determined to get it competitive. He did do that, and impressed us all. If I remember correctly he burned up one barrel in two seasons. He told me he was using very heavy bullets and heavy duplex loads. He also told me he thought it was hard on throats. I tend to think it was the heavy loads. It sure made a lot of noise. It will be a prize if you can find an original Winchester in 38/56 with a perfect barrel. If you want  to win matches do as the Romans do, but just a little better. I think a 38/56 has to much recoil to be competitive.     Joe.
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Reply #2 - Sep 26th, 2006 at 8:24am
 
Friend of mine has a 38/56  He was determined to compete sucessfully with a 38 cal in BPCSilloutte and wanted the increased powder capacity over the 38/55.

He did well with the cartridge but found it much more difficult to find the right set up than with the 38/55

For Benchrest or Schuetzen you don't need knockdown power and unless you want a challenge it would probably be better to stick with the 38/55  Many matches have been won and records set with the 38/55  As far as I know none with the 38/56

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Reply #3 - Sep 26th, 2006 at 8:48am
 
If you think you need more powder capacity, take a look at the 38-50 Remington. It looks like a 38-55 on steroids, still a fairly straight case but made from 30-40 Krag brass. Has a good rep with the BPCRS shooters.
Good luck, Joe
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Reply #4 - Sep 26th, 2006 at 8:21pm
 
Joe_S the .38-56 is basically a necked down .45-70 to .38 cal. bottleneck case. I've got one in a original 1895 Marlin, and I love the cartridge. Never shot it with any black powder, but it is a great shooting gun with smokeless loads, and very accurate. One of my favorite oldtime cartridges!
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Reply #5 - Sep 27th, 2006 at 8:18am
 
I gotta agree with joe on this one the 38-50 Remington is an excelent chambering. The bonus is no bottle neck.
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Reply #6 - Sep 28th, 2006 at 4:47pm
 
Nice thing about the 38/56 is you can get the proper head-stamp cartridge as Ten-X loads for it, both smokless and black powder.
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Reply #7 - Jan 22nd, 2007 at 6:12am
 
In my research on German Shooting Clubs in South Australia, 38-56 were tried, and quite a few of the Hi-walls still exist. But in the black powder era late 1890's to late 1920's they could outshoot the 38-55's or 32-40's The loading method was breach seating.

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