Good Medicine For Lions

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Been working up a load for a project, M1895 Winchester, 1929 build. Almost no wood left, Ace did the furniture before he handed it off to me, I cleaned it, had it blued, added the Providence Tool peep sight, and have been working up a good load for it. 
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Had terrible SD's with factory loads and H4198, finally worked up to 55gr varget under a 300gr Hornady pill and got 
what I was looking for:

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 The saying "Punishes at both ends" may not have started with this rifle, but it applies for sure. 
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.223, .308, .405, and 45-70
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Great Rifle!

Looks like you've been busy. Also looks like it must push a bit on the shoulder without that padding. Chris S

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Thanks for reminding me

Ordering a butt cushion for it today!

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By the way-

Happy New Year.
What are  you going to buy for cushioning? A Pad or something exotic.
Chris S

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Happy New year

Well, thinking...
Electrical tape and lambskin looks a bit tacky but functions well, nothing is going to be period correct, so ordered a slip on Pachmayr Decelerator I can throw on for range work and remove when showing it off. 
I have one of their pads on my .338 WM works great. 
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405 WCF

Hey Al, was this an original 405, or a rechamber project?
Keep in mind, these rifles were only intended for shooting with your hind legs engaged. Today, we seem to be under the impression that removing as much of the human element as possible results in the clearest indication of what a gun is capable of. Well, ok, but isn't a rifle intended to be wielded by a competent human?
I confess that I secretly wish I could enjoy a 405 project like the one you brought us here. Best wishes.

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Correct

Original circa 1929 405 according to the serial number.
Took a while to figure out how to load it, seems the best option is to push straight down with the rim with shell 90 deg to the bore in a little rear of the center of the magazine, slide back as far as it will go maintaining the vertical orientation, "Flick" the pointy end down, repeat. I was having the darnedest time until I saw that on a youtube video. Trying to load like most other top fed magazine type actions just didn't work,  painful  and the shells didn't chamber reliably. 

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Rimmed Rounds

The 1895 requires rimmed cartridges to be staggered in order for it to feed properly and avoid jams. Rims should be close to each other, tight in the magazine for best results.
Winchester actually offered an illustration of the procedure in one of their manuals, which was how I learned to load the 1895. Do it right, and it works every time.
The reason I asked if it's original, is because the original rifles had a different groove depth from the modern Miroku versions. Ammunition and components available today seem to be primarily designed for the Miroku guns, and so modern components need to be chosen with care.
Anyhow, enjoy her for she is, a mighty gun from a better time. I'd join you if I could.

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Always welcome

If you find yourself up on the north end of the left coast.