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Posted: December 18 2017 at 9:51pm | IP Logged Quote Alan McDaniel

I recently gained possession of a Remington Rolling Block in 43 Egyptian. It
is my intention to shoot it some but not on a regular basis. Mainly just so I
can say I did. I understand from some reading that cases can be made from
50/70 Sharps and from 348 Win. Is this correct?

If I go the handloading route, is there a safe Smokeless Powder load for cast
bullets, or is this strictly a BP rifle?

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Posted: December 19 2017 at 3:56am | IP Logged Quote richhodg66

I personally haven't, though I almost bought a nice one a guy had at a gun show last year.

Not sure about brass, but bullet molds exist (seems like nominal bore size for these is like .439?) and if you don't cast, I'm sure someone must have them available commercially.

I'd have to dig around some old manuals for load data, but surely there's smokeless data out there.

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The 50-70 brass is to short, you can trim down 50-90's and run them thru the
size die, and the 348's are a bit small in the case body and the rim. Best bet if
you don't want to spend the money on proper cases, would be to get ahold of
some of the Jamison 45-75 winchester cases.
Those Egyptian actions and barrels are awfully soft, while it would be possible
to build a smokeless load, one would be more advised to error on the side of
caution and stick with black or one of the so called substitutes.
The RCBS 44 caliber bullet will work, altho you may want to slug the barrel,
those grooves can be as much as 450 diameter.
Dies are not even close to cheap unless you find a steal on Ebay or such.

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Posted: December 19 2017 at 6:17pm | IP Logged Quote Alan McDaniel

Thanks for the replies guys. I wasn't kidding myself into thinking it was
going to be an inexpensive operation.

The rifle. My dad bought it in the late 60s and hung it on the wall. He had
an affinity for the Remington Rolling Block and that one scratched his itch.
He never had any intention of shooting it. It is in excellent condition. He
passed two years ago and the old girl has been still in the same capacity that
she has been for over 50 years now years now. He had one(1) cartridge for it
and it sat on his desk. I won't shoot that one...

But, for the price of a box of ammo, I'm about 1/4 of the way to dies, mold
and brass. After looking at it that way, if I were going to shoot it regularly, it
may be worth it. But, I'm not. I'll likely shoot it twice to see where it hits,
maybe shoot a doe with it and hang it back up (after a thorough scrubbing of
course).

Doing the whole reloading thing on it was just wishful thinking. I'm not
without some degree of skill in cartridge conversions but that one seems to
be more trouble than it's worth. The store bought ammo, even at $136/20 is
probably the best route to take for my purposes.

I appreciate the responses though.

I did see a process in my search about a guy using neck sizing with a 45 Colt
die and then a 45 ACP die to hold the bullet, eliminating the need for buying
dies. I have plenty of fake BP. I will approach that process with the usual
caution I use in all reloading.

Thanks again.

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Posted: December 19 2017 at 7:14pm | IP Logged Quote Ranch 13

From the experience I have with the 43, I don't think that process using the 45
dies would even come close to working.
If you're not going to shoot it but a few times, buying the store bought ammo
is most likely the best way to go.

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Posted: December 19 2017 at 8:29pm | IP Logged Quote Alan McDaniel

That'll probably be how I go. I'm all about DIY and self sufficiency, and the
idea of reloading for anything I've got is one that has caused me to collect
more dies than I can store. This one may have to just go store boughtn.

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