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ok so sent my 1894 .44mag in for a breech bolt replacment. the original bolt had .44/.44spl stamped on the under side and now the new bolt is stamped .45C, it cycles the .44 mag rounds fine but i the extractor is not even touching the rim or case. just a question, with the bolt removed and a round sitting in the bolt under the extractor shouldent the round be held in place? i will post pic as soon as i figure out how here. thanks don
 

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I don't know on the 1894, I left mine down at the other place but looking at my 45/70, with the bolt removed the extractor does indeed hold the cartridge in place on the bolt. As for your bolt being marked 45 Colt, I believe the 44 mag and 45 colt bolts are the same. I just had my 44 barrel changed out to a 45 Colt and the 44 Mag bolt works fine with 45 colt ammunition. I heard that some of the bolts were actually stamped 44 mag 45 C from the factory.
 

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redhouse36 if ya don't here from someone here!!! why would a part be stamped for 1 cal and be interchangeable with another. make a ph. call and find out I don't know and it sounds like a screw up.
 

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why would a part be stamped for 1 cal and be interchangeable with another.
Because the dimensions of the rim of a 45 Colt and a 44 mag/special are virtually identical.
 

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The rim may be the same but the amount of rim sticking out is less on the .45 just a rough calculation with bullet size runs .452 - .429 = .023 / 2 = .0115 less per side. No biggie but could cause some problems with extraction.
 

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swany said:
The rim may be the same but the amount of rim sticking out is less on the .45 just a rough calculation with bullet size runs .452 - .429 = .023 / 2 = .0115 less per side. No biggie but could cause some problems with extraction.
Thats true, hadn't considered that. Perhaps the extractors are different? If that were true and they put in the 45 extractor designed for the larger 45 case that could possibly explain what is going on.. When I had a 45 Colt barrel put on my 1894 44 I didn't ask if they did needed to do anything with the 44 extractor on the bolt.
 

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Might not matter shooting paper... might matter a lot if you are negotiating with a bear.....Phone calls are cheap.My self I'd play stupid make a call and say I took it apart and found the 45 part in my 44 and see what they said. depending on the answer I might say you sent it to me this way. But that's just me :)
 
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