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Re: J. Stevens model 44
Reply #30 - Jun 3rd, 2018 at 9:32pm
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50target wrote on Apr 28th, 2018 at 2:50pm:
I recently bought a Stevens 44 in 25-20SS and looked at that Jamison ammo and was not impresses  with their choice of bullets. I would think you're getting interference with the bullet in OAL. Funny they didn't choose a cast given its history and its advertised fps.
Probably buy a box for mine but pull the factory and put in an 86 gr cast. I think if you remove the bullet and powder & try the case, it will fit if chamber is factory.
Bob


I bought a few boxes of the loaded Jamiso mm ammo and pulled the bullet & replaced with 87 grain commercial bullet & it shot really good at 50 yds. Found some Jamison brass at Huntington's & ordered 2 boxes.

As to IMR 4227 I have found with 25-20WCF, that 6.6 to 6.7 gr is a sweet spot.
My Stevens has a great bore & from the first outing I knew we were going to get along great. I read somewhere that their neck dimensions were large. My mikes out at .280, a little large. Just ahead of the rim is dead on at .315.
Enjoy it
Bob
  
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Re: J. Stevens model 44
Reply #31 - Sep 3rd, 2018 at 5:57pm
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Coondawg - I can't get a cartridge with an 86 Gr bullet to chamber unless it is set in almost as far as a factory round.  Factory Peters are at .278 from crimp to flat nose.

I would also be leery of the powder charge behind that big of a bullet as far as the pressures that might be developed with the "standard" charge.
  
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Re: J. Stevens model 44
Reply #32 - Sep 3rd, 2018 at 8:37pm
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My 44/45 is very happy with the 68 grain Lyman 257420s sized .257 over 6.8 grains of H108. The factory twist is 1:13 and I think I've seen reference to the early bullet weights being lighter than the 85 grain ones for the WCF. I have a Schoyen/Peterson mould that drops a 25-20 SS bullet at 77.5 grains with a fairly long nose and those guys probably knew what they were doing.
  
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