I'm new here and fairly new to reloading. I currently reload .303 British for my girlfriend's and my #4MK1 Lee Enfield. These are very good rifles, but have limited commercial loads. We also have a Winchester Model 94, in 25-35 caliber which are virtually impossible to find loads for.
I use a Lee hand-loader, but haven't been able to find one in 25-35. I was wondering if anyone has had experience with loading these particular calibers.
You sure didn't pick great calibers to reload for . We reloaded the 303 brit for awhile and came to the conclusion it wasn't worth the effort . Its doable but had problems with cases splitting and such . As for the 25-35 you can get what you need to reload for it at Midwayusa.com .
Thanks for your suggestions, MichaelD. We have successfully reloaded our 303 brits. I have made up loads for deer and pronghorns without having much trouble with the brass. I have been using new Remington and Winchester brass for that and am now reloading them for the third time. I have lost about 2% of my casings so far which I don't think is too bad. I must admit, I do not use a press, but a Lee hand loader which only neck sizes the casing putting less stress on the casing. By doing this, each rifle sizes it's own casings and we can not interchange the casing between the guns. As for how success of these reloads are, My g/f took a pronghorn at over 300 yards with a 125gr. load i made up just for our pronghorn season.
As for choosing these calibers, the 25-35 was a family hierloom handed down to my g/f from her father shortly before he passed away with the challenge to successfully hunt with this gun since he could never get anything with it. We plan to prove him wrong...lol.
I have a master catalog from MidwayUSA. I have also checked Midwayusa.com. In neither place do they list components for reloading 25-35wcf. I did find that they list a couple of maker of 25-35, but they are seasonal runs and rather expensive not to mention the fact of difficulty shipping them. Locally, it is nearly impossible to get my hands on this caliber. This is the reason I am trying to find a way to reload the few casings that I have on hand.
One other problem I have with the commercial loads for the 25-35 is that they are pointed bullets. The model '94 has a tube magazine and I have been warned not to use pointed loads in this gun for fear the recoil COULD set off the bullets in the tube. I don't know how valid this arguement is, but I'm not really willing to find out. Because of this, when we have test fired this gun, we only put one shell in the chamber, which would be impractical for hunting.
Still hoping to find a place for components for reloading these calibers. You have to forgive me, I an an eternal optimist...lol
the neck sizing only was my biggest complaint with the 303 brit ,and if you full size they have a tendency to seperate at the base . We had more than one rifle so keeping the ammo seperated just wasn't worth the effort to us .
Another place I have had good luck finding components is www.midsouthshooterssupply.com . Have you tried a cross reference book to see if any other brass will sub for the 25-35 case .
You definitely dont want the pointed bullets for a tube magazine . I have the same trouble for one of my rifles a 218 bee they all have pointed bullets and for 60 dollars a box you dont want to shoot them one at a time .
Thanks MichaelD, I'll give it a try when I have more time on the computer. I work nights and read the forums to unwind before going to bed. Will check it out and let you know on this thread when I have. Also did a Google search on the 25-35 and found some other places to check out. Thanks again for you advice and I'll let you know how it turns out.
just an update.....I checked out chestnutridge.com and found about everything I needed for the 25-35. I also went to a local gun shop (an older, established store) and got to talking to one of the managers there. After telling him what I had in mind for reloading, he dug through some brass that they had there and found several bags of 25-35wcf brass. We also found that he had nearly everything else on hand, though put away in boxes, that I needed except the dies. we found them in the Lee catalog.
It looks like by just asking and a little encouragment from MichaelD, my fun is just beginning....lol. Thanks for your help.
It only takes one round to kill a deer. Why not load the pointed bullets and only put one shell in the gun like Barney Fife? Many of these modern hunters on the TV shoots those single shot rifles and they don't seem to mind...
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