Webley R.I.C. .442 CF

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Webley R.I.C. .442 CF

Post by queeg730 » 23 Sep 2022, 3:45 pm

Hi folks,
Does anyone know where I could get some ammunition for this old gun?
Must say.... I don't like my chances with such an old and odd-ball calibre.

Even brass cases would be better than what I have now (i.e. nothing ;) )
Then there is the problem of molds and dies. None of those either.
Closest thing I have is .45 ACP molds, way too big..... :problem:

I obviously wouldn't be shooting this R.I.C. very much at all due to its age, but still, it would be nice to get a few rounds out of it.

thanks to anyone who may have any ideas on this,

Mike
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Re: Webley R.I.C. .442 CF

Post by Noisydad » 23 Sep 2022, 3:55 pm

Shortened.44mag cases and dies will work along with .44-40 bullets sized to suit.
There's still a few of Wile. E Coyote's ideas that I haven't tried yet.
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Re: Webley R.I.C. .442 CF

Post by bladeracer » 23 Sep 2022, 5:05 pm

queeg730 wrote:Hi folks,
Does anyone know where I could get some ammunition for this old gun?
Must say.... I don't like my chances with such an old and odd-ball calibre.

Even brass cases would be better than what I have now (i.e. nothing ;) )
Then there is the problem of molds and dies. None of those either.
Closest thing I have is .45 ACP molds, way too big..... :problem:

I obviously wouldn't be shooting this R.I.C. very much at all due to its age, but still, it would be nice to get a few rounds out of it.

thanks to anyone who may have any ideas on this,

Mike


As Noisy mentioned, .44Mag brass.
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Bullet mould will come to slugging the bore and ordering or making a mould .002" larger than the slug.
If you have a.45 mould with deep lube grooves you might be able to size them down to the size you need and tumble-lube them.
You might need to size the neck down to hold the bullet, but you can bore an under-size hole through a 7/8"-14tpi bolt and hone it out to the size you need to swage the neck down.
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Re: Webley R.I.C. .442 CF

Post by No1Mk3 » 23 Sep 2022, 5:38 pm

G'day mate,
44 Webley is currently $35 a cartridge, not suitable to shoot as no guarantee it will fire. Making ammo from 44Mag or 44Spl is the cheap option as brass is $4 each last time I checked. I load HRBC 44 cal 200g RN FP with 16g of 3F, the 44 bullet is .002 larger at .429 than the 44-40 bullet at .427 but it won't make much difference. Proper size is .436 so you could bump up a lead bullet or order a correct size mould from CBE, but as I only shoot mine a couple of times a year I just use the HRBC bullets I buy for another cartridge, Cheers.
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Re: Webley R.I.C. .442 CF

Post by queeg730 » 23 Sep 2022, 6:52 pm

Folks,
You are fantastic!!!!!!!
Thank you all for your help. I will look into the .44 Mag brass and see what I can do about projectiles.

Such great information here.... and the willingness to share it.
I can only say, thanks again to you all!

Mike
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