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#556544 - 10/05/19 08:05 PM Re: Double rifle build - which action? [Re: B. Graham]
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Registered: 09/16/13
Posts: 252
Loc: Minnesota
How about the following:
38-55
32-40
45-70

I am partial to the 38-55 but don't have one in that caliber yet...
WBLDon

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#556569 - 10/06/19 12:40 PM Re: Double rifle build - which action? [Re: WBLDon]
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Loc: East Alabama
I vote for 8x57IRS or 9.3x74R, Both are great calibers and are available in US now. Also both fit very well in 16 ga action. There is nothing wrong with WBLDon's choices( except maybe 45-70 needs 12 ga action), these are just mine. Note they are all rimmed and to quote my late brother in law" a double barrel rifle belongs to be chambered for a rimmed cartridge".
Mike

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#556570 - 10/06/19 01:04 PM Re: Double rifle build - which action? [Re: B. Graham]
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Another consideration could be one of the 40 cal. lead bullet cartridges. Between barrel length and bore size, the smith might be able to balance the rifle by helping chose a chambering that would end up with a pleasing profile appearance and have the right handling feel. If the action ends up being an unchangeable constant, the project could still be scaled to the cartridge.

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#556572 - 10/06/19 04:37 PM Re: Double rifle build - which action? [Re: Der Ami]
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Originally Posted By: Der Ami
I vote for 8x57IRS or 9.3x74R, Both are great calibers and are available in US now. Also both fit very well in 16 ga action. There is nothing wrong with WBLDon's choices( except maybe 45-70 needs 12 ga action), these are just mine. Note they are all rimmed and to quote my late brother in law" a double barrel rifle belongs to be chambered for a rimmed cartridge".
Mike


Both of these are excellent cartridges for a double rifle, as well as the list of American rimed cartridges before your post. Click on the link below to watch a video of a German lady hunter make a one shot kill with a 8x57irs during deer stalking in Scotland. This is an excellent professional produced hunting video seldom seen today.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ttMKUzReVKU

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#556574 - 10/06/19 05:02 PM Re: Double rifle build - which action? [Re: WBLDon]
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Originally Posted By: WBLDon
How about the following:
38-55
32-40
45-70

I am partial to the 38-55 but don't have one in that caliber yet...
WBLDon


If you are partial to the .38-55 then you may be interested in the .38-55 McPherson "Express" (1975fps and 2000 flbs energy w/ 255gr flat nose projectile and around 40,000 psi service pressure) double rifle I built and engraved a couple of years back. I made a set of shoe lump barrels for it from scratch and I photographed the process and posted it to one of the hand engraving websites that I attend. I also added it later to the double rifle website NitroExpress.com here: http://forums.nitroexpress.com/showflat....true#Post297838


Edited by bushveld (10/06/19 06:17 PM)

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#556595 - 10/07/19 10:21 AM Re: Double rifle build - which action? [Re: bushveld]
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bushveld,
Thanks for both links. I am curious about the 38-55 McPherson cases you bought from Starline. What is the length of the case? I use original length( 2.125-2.130") to make 6.5x58R S&S cases and while the resulting cases are satisfactory, I would like to have longer cases to start with( finish to 2.245-2.250"). Such cases would also be useful for 8x58R S&S, 9x58 1/2R S&S, and 8x57R/360. Since 38-55 is smaller in head diameter, they are easier to convert than 30-40 Krag or 303 Brit., both of which require swaging the heads. Great work on the double BTW.
Mike


Edited by Der Ami (10/07/19 10:22 AM)

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#556600 - 10/07/19 11:14 AM Re: Double rifle build - which action? [Re: B. Graham]
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They are 2.125 inches

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#556614 - 10/07/19 05:06 PM Re: Double rifle build - which action? [Re: bushveld]
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Too bad, I was hoping.
Mike

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#556618 - 10/07/19 06:05 PM Re: Double rifle build - which action? [Re: B. Graham]
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At one time I was going to build a DR using the original Holland & Holland .375 2 1/2" Flanged Nitro Express cartridge. There are some of those brass cases floating around as I sold all that I had as well as the chamber reamer. This is a wonderful old cartridge and is still well regarded. The rim diameter is around .523" and I think the base is considerable smaller around .456" or so. That rim and base size might work for you.

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#556621 - 10/07/19 07:08 PM Re: Double rifle build - which action? [Re: bushveld]
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No, that is about like 303/30-40 only longer. I have plenty of 9.3x72R, I just hate to shorten hard to find cases that much. I appreciate the suggestion though.
Mike

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