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I am trying to find a hyphenated but I don't know which one. I need one that can take everything from tin cans, to rabbits,to deer with minor pelt damage on the animals (no huge holes like a 45-70). If I do any hunting, it won't be over 200 yards(most of my shots are within 50 to 100 yards). I hand load, so factory ammo isn't a major issue.
 
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38-55 itis

I am trying to find a hyphenated but I don't know which one. I need one that can take everything from tin cans, to rabbits,to deer with minor pelt damage on the animals (no huge holes like a 45-70). If I do any hunting, it won't be over 200 yards(most of my shots are within 50 to 100 yards). I hand load, so factory ammo isn't a major issue.
Hey Trapper,

Let me help you:biggrin: 38-55:flute:

Later, Mark
 

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Which one was that again?
 

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I am not sure what Mark said I couldn't hear him, but if it was me personally I would get the time tested and true the great 38-55.eh
 
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While you are hunting for a hyphenated you will see a lot of orange! Especially during the 38-55 season.
 
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While you are hunting for a hyphenated you will see a lot of orange! Especially during the 38-55 season.
Hey Bill,

What could be finer, than a 38-55?

LOL

Later, Mark
 
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This might help- I calculated that I'm getting 1555 loads out of a pound of Unique for my 32-20.....
Over on the castboolits forum they have a poll out... If you could only have one powder, what would it be...guess which one the majority likes!

Poll: One powder only
 

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Well, the SMALLER calibers are OKAY....I GUESS, but I'm with Mark 38-55 all the way! Bigger than a 30-30, smaller than a 45-70....what's not to love! Plus, I don't have any of the other smaller calibers....yet. In fact, going to shoot my 38-55 this weekend for the first time! So YES 38-55!
 

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All the Hyphen-ablers get two points towards the much coveted Enabler Badge! LOL!

Later, Mark
 
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Trapper,

Now I'm sure Mark shouted loud enough because I heard him in NJ! :biggrin:

What you need is something a bit more visual. This happens to be an example of a .38-55 in a Marlin 1893 flavor.
 

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I am trying to find a hyphenated but I don't know which one. I need one that can take everything from tin cans, to rabbits,to deer with minor pelt damage on the animals (no huge holes like a 45-70). If I do any hunting, it won't be over 200 yards(most of my shots are within 50 to 100 yards). I hand load, so factory ammo isn't a major issue.
Absolutely stay away from the .38-55 cartridge. :flute: Don't listen to all these guys and all their claims. They are just a bunch of enablers. Besides, every person they talk into buying a .38-55 makes it just that much more difficult for me to find one! :biggrin:
 
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The 30 30 would have a wide range of bullet weights(100-170) and the cheapest ammo, but the 25 35, 32 40 and 38 40 would work fine.(AS WELL AS THE 38 55).
 
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Over on the castboolits forum they have a poll out... If you could only have one powder, what would it be...guess which one the majority likes!

Poll: One powder only
Ha! I guessed right before I peeked. For cast bullets Unique is the king of the hill for many calibers. Fun post, thanks.
 
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Trapper:

My requirements are much like yours; most commonly I use a 30-30 as a walk around gun. Since I started casting boolits, it's become even more useful. I have a 45-70 that I load up and down too, but yes, the 30-30 makes a smaller hole. Like Chris, I'm looking for a 38-55, and if I find one, all bets are off.

P.S. Most are marlins !!!!!!
 

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I sure hope someone doesn't throw a 93 in here amongst us. What a dust up that would turn into. Meanwhile I've got my 2 375's and my new 1885 high wall 38-55 to keep me entertained while I keep my eye peeled for a straggler. Me and the boys are gonna tie up the 100 yard line tomorrow. The sun is gonna be out and so are the toys!
 

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Unique the most used powder? That sincerely surprises me. When I tried it, all my 1895 did was spit the bullets out every which way! I put the bottle back up on the shelf and haven't tried it again!
 
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