COAL in a 127 year old .38-40
The Whitney Kennedy is about 1885. The cases are Starline. The lead is cast from Lyman 041-043 mold (175gr flat point round nose). seating & roll crimping is RCBS dies.
Two promblems: If I seat the bullet so the OAL is the recommended 2.575", the case mouth is at, or below the crimping shoulder. If I seat the OAL to 2.570", the mouth extends enough above the crimping shoulder the it crimps nicely. Do I need to worry about 5/1000s short OAL? (it's rimmed -- .38-40)
Problem two: The bullets actually weigh out to 168.1 grains. (Lyman #2 alloy). My brother cast the bullets. Is #2 a bit lighter than straigh lead?
'Hope to shoot the old gun soon-- first time fired since early 60's.
Old MilSurp: 'Great hobby for a retired history teacher!