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    Question Mystery Bullets

    I just "inherited" 800 jacketed bullets from a friend, who in fact did inherit them. They're customs in eight plain white boxes- good looking FN, 265 grains, with canelures high enough I suspect they were intended for either a revolver or lever rifle. Problem is, they're .405 on the body and .406 at the heel (boxes are labeled only .406).

    Clues?

    Inspirations?

    What the heck were they intended for?

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    The 40-65 Winchester of 1886 fame the same cartridge as the 40-60 Marlin with slightly different loading. The very early 40-70 Sharps straight (original) also used bullets of .406" but most likely the 40-65 Win. I have some Barnes original in .406" that are for the 40-65 and they are 250 grain flat nose. The plain white box is most likely Colorado Custom Bullets a maker that made bullets like the Barnes originals. Most shooters of that old caliber use 20:1 cast lead.
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    Thanks Murphy. What a great excuse for a new rifle!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrownBear View Post
    Thanks Murphy. What a great excuse for a new rifle!
    It would probably have to be an old "new" rifle. Or maybe a new Shiloh Sharps in 40-65 or 40-82 (2.4" case) they use .406" also.
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    You're singing my song!

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