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Re: Ball & Williams Ballard sporting rifle .44 rimfire
Reply #45 - Aug 29th, 2018 at 1:19pm
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Pretty common for makers to upgrade wood on special order rifles back then. Often it was just automatically done without ordering upgraded wood, if you ordered special features. They just seemed to grab a better piece of blank when assembling these special rifles.
  

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Reply #46 - Jan 26th, 2020 at 4:28am
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Wet and miserable weather today so fired up the casting pot.  Finally tried out the heeled Old West bullet that I bought to feed this old Ballard .44 rimfire.  .418" x .440" x 208 grains in fairly soft alloy.  Going to have to modify some .44 cases to use with these.  Planning to use the percussion nipple to ignite them.

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Re: Ball & Williams Ballard sporting rifle .44 rimfire
Reply #47 - Feb 25th, 2020 at 6:11pm
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have a 38 rf/percussion cap Ballard .
I turned a new nipple and made it into a floating firing pin holder and hid the original in the butt stock for posterity .
I now CF and use 38 special cases with a heeled bullet ,for me this is more enjoyable to shoot the old gal
  
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Re: Ball & Williams Ballard sporting rifle .44 rimfire
Reply #48 - Apr 2nd, 2020 at 11:41am
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Hey y'all,  this is my first post, although I have been reading the forum for quite a while. I just got my first ballard, a merrimack arms rifle. Unfortunately it is missing the nipple, do y'all happen to know if I can get just a  generic nipple from dixie gunworks and put in or was it something specific to these guns?
  
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Re: Ball & Williams Ballard sporting rifle .44 rimfire
Reply #49 - Apr 18th, 2021 at 8:10pm
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Well, I've joined the Ballard .44 rimfire club. I expected it to be a .46, but no - it's a .44. Actually groove diameter is .435". It seems .44-40 will be the best parent case to make .44 rimfire cases. I already made some from .44 magnum brass, but .44-40 is a better fit. Here is a dummy round I made up using a .44 S&W American bullet.
  
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