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.348 Winchester?

This is an increadibly hard round to find, and when you do, it's usually $70 for a box of 20, or there abouts.  I am taking a longshot, but is there anyone who reloads these, or knows of someone that does?

My father recently obtained his Dad's .348, and He's planning on stocking up on the rounds when he can.

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Welcome to the wonderful

Welcome to the wonderful world of the .348.  As far as factory ammo Whinchester usually makes a sesonal run of the ammo and as you found out they want an arm and a leg for it.  When I bought my Browning 71 I was lucky enough that the ammo was only $20.00 for a box of 20 and I bought around 200 rounds for it along with a 1000 empty brass witch was fairly cheap also at that time. 

As far as reloading for it I now use the Barnes 220 grain XFN bullet with H4831 powder for a good load.  You can also try the Hornady 200 grain witch is the original bullet for the .348. 

It is a fun round to shoot and it packs a punch no matter what you shoot it at. 

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My Dad has actually been

My Dad has actually been using it this hunting season. He has one of the original Winchester Model 71's, and it was manufactured sometime around the mid-40's.  It's the deluxe model.

Since you have one, I have a question.  The only thing he is missing is the original sling swivels.  I guess my cousin either sold them or gave them away way back when.  My dad has a local gun guy looking for them, but nothing yet.  Any clue where I could possibly find some?  I believe they were a custom type for that gun, or at least, very rare.

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www.gunbroker.com might be a

www.gunbroker.com might be a source and I found this website.  Not very modern, but if he doesn't have what you want, he might be a source to find it.  http://www.gun-parts.com/winchesterrifle/

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Must be some darn good

Must be some darn good bullets for that price.  I'd definitely get into reloading if I had to pay that for a box of factory ammo.

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The .348 Whinchester is

The .348 Whinchester is considered a obsolete round since the Whinchester 71 ceased production in 1935.  Browning made a short run of a replica 71 in the 80's.  But there are still a lot of the old model 71's out there taking care of bears and the like.  It is one potent round. 

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M71 Winchester

Critter wrote:

The .348 Whinchester is considered a obsolete round since the Whinchester 71 ceased production in 1935.  Browning made a short run of a replica 71 in the 80's.  But there are still a lot of the old model 71's out there taking care of bears and the like.  It is one potent round. 

 

The M71 AND .348 Winchester are not quite that old. The M1886 is the predecessor of the updated M71 and it ceased production in 1935. The M71 debuted in 1935 or 1936 and ended production in the mid fifties with the advent of the M88 and .358 Winchester round. The .348/M71 combo is interesting in that the only rifle ever chambered in the .348 was the M71 and the only chambering the M71 was ever offered in was the .348. I believe this is the only such combo ever so produced, very unique. The .348 actually shows slightly better muzzle ballistics than the .308 based .358, but within perhaps 50 yds or so the pointed bullets able to be fired in the M88 overtook that slight advantage. Perhaps the kiss of doom for both the M71 and .348 was the fact that the M71 could not be easily scoped.

 

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Yeah, I was going to say

Yeah, I was going to say that.  The Model 71 in .348 was stopped in 1956, not 1935.  They made about 47,000 Winchester model 71's in .348.  Then, Browning made their version  in the 80's.

My dad's is right around 1940, I believe.  I think it's serial # is around 11,000 give or take.

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For some reason I was

For some reason I was thinking about the 1886 as far as the dates were conserned.  Sometimes it is hard to engage the brain when you are typing a answer. 

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.348 loads

Ca_Vermonster wrote:

This is an increadibly hard round to find, and when you do, it's usually $70 for a box of 20, or there abouts.  I am taking a longshot, but is there anyone who reloads these, or knows of someone that does?

My father recently obtained his Dad's .348, and He's planning on stocking up on the rounds when he can.

I've used a good bit of stuff from these guys. They used to be the only commercial loader for the fine Speer Grand Slam bullets. I've shot it in several different chamberings and it's all quality stuff. Pg 9 of this online catalogue has the two .348 Win loads. Pg 10 has some hot loads for both the .444 and 45-70. I've shot the hot 400gr 45-70 load and it shoots very well in my rifle (1895). Prices are excellent!

http://www.thehuntingshack.com/catalog/retail/Retail.pdf

 

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348 reloading

Just found this site when searching about 348 Winchester and 8 MM. I have a friend that just dropped off a bunch of brass and heads. Also some reloading dies. Both for 348 and 8mm. If any body is interested in these please send an e-mail to RSF405@comcast.net Thanks, Ricky

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