256 WIN MAG

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fishhuntnut
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Re: 256 WIN MAG

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You can also get a contender barrel in .256 wm, or like me make a #3 in 256 win mag... and if you are really into pairing up combo guns, get a marlin model 62 levermatic in .30 carbine to go with your blackhawk .30... I am a .41 nut so I have a Marlin .41 mag lever gun to go with my .41s... and recently found a nib Interarms Virginian Dragoon in .41 mag with 12" barrel... and I finally broke down and sent a 44 carbine shooter to Mitch Shultz to have it rebarrelled in .41 mag - bet that will be first of it's kind...

JAYDAWG
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Re: 256 WIN MAG

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contender wrote:
Wed Sep 16, 2020 7:19 pm
"Tyrone I bet you would sell your shoes for one!!! Hope to see you in Ohio in 2021"


Jay,, forming brass for the .256 Win is a bit more work than some calibers. You start with .357 Mag brass.
First,, it's BEST if you have a set of proper form dies. The better ones are the 2 die sets. C-H & Redding sell them. (Ain't cheap.) But careful shopping & all, can have a set appear for a good price.
Some folks just try & use their normal reloading dies,, and all. I found it actually destroys too many cases to get some good ones.

Next,, the way to extend the case life is to anneal the case mouths after forming.
I built an annealer just for them.

Then once made,, you can use normal .256 dies to reload the converted brass. Always measure them after the .256 sizer work is done. Trim if necessary.

At $20-$25 a box for the 60 grn Hornady bullets,, it's a fair buy. I'd buy them for that.
Contender,
Very cool thanks for the reply. Wish we were neighbors, I would love to see your set up! 8-)
I have a couple hundred factory brass and the dies, so I bought the Hornady boolits I mentioned off of GB.
Looking forward to making smoke & noise and then doing some reloading!!

Cheers,
JAY
I do not "own" these guns, I am but the next caretaker

JAYDAWG
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Re: 256 WIN MAG

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So,
I made it up to the hill 2 days ago and finally shot the Marlin lever model 62 in 256 Win Mag.
Since RUGER acquired Marlin, not quite the bastard child anymore!!!
WOW. Took the Hawkeye also, what fun :D :D

I was whacking steel at about 25 yards with my GP100 .357 and having fun, and then
pulled out the .256 Hawkeye. DANG!! The .357 peeled the paint off the steel... BUT
the .256 MADE A HUGE DENT :shock:
The Marlin!??!
I was afraid to hit the steel, so I turned my attention to some left over clay's at about 75 yards.
Even free hand, I was VERY impressed with the Marlin and it's accuracy. Shot better than me for sure!

Not sure why this cartridge is obsolete.. :o
Fun times!!
Picked up all my brass and will reload.
Cheers,
JAY
I do not "own" these guns, I am but the next caretaker

contender
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Re: 256 WIN MAG

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I bet you are still trying to wipe that smile off your face! :D

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