180 Grain Bullets-What information can you give me regarding the Winchester, Model 1895 rifle for the .30 U.S model 1906 cartridge? What I am particularly anxious to know is the following: Can the 220 grain and the 180 grain spritzer bullet both be used in the same rifle, without trouble from metallic fowling, etc., or can both be used in the same rifle at all? I understand that they are only bored for one length and style of bullet. How many rounds will the rifle fire before the barrel is worn out? I believe that this rifle, if I can use both styles and length of bullet, would be an all-around rifle for all game from coyotes to elephants, don’t you?
I am sure you will find this rifle a thoroughly reliable and satisfactory arm, but I do believe you are misinformed on the use of the several styles and weights of bullets, for I have always understood that you could use in this rifle, when chambered for the model 1906 shell, any of the bullets that are loaded by the factories in this shell. These include the 150 grain and 180 grain and 127 grain bullets of the same type made by the U.M.C. people, and their 190 grain round end soft point bullet. It is possible though that I am mistaken and that the greater length over all of the cartridge with the heavier weights in the pointed bullets makes them unsuitable for magazine use, but I think, as I said that all may be used in the same rifle. But Model 1903 ammunition cannot be used in a rifle chambered for the ’06 cartridge, and this latter will not work well in a Model 1903 rifle. To eliminate metallic fouling anoint each bullet lightly with Mobilubricant, which may be purchased from any dealer in automobile supplies. Regarding number of rounds before accuracy is impaired, figure it at 6,000 to 8,000 rounds, anyway you can notice any inaccuracy, even at long range, and when the barrel is worn out you can have another one fitted. The model 1895 surely makes a fine rifle for all North American big game, and for such as coyotes.
Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.
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