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Old 06-18-2014, 04:19 PM
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45-60 in a Brown Manufacturing Ballard Lever action

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I have come across a Brown Manufacturing, pivot block lever action rifle. From the serial number is likely was produced in 1871 or 1872. I believe it likely started life as a 44RF and was re-barreled to a 45-60 later in life when it likely passed through Bannerman Arms in the late 1800's. The rifle made its way to central Minnesota where it was found in the 1960's in a corn field in pretty tough shape. Likely fell off a plow many years before. The gun supports a new stock that is remarkably similar to the original based on photos I have seen. While the hammer cocks when the lever is activated, I would never pull the trigger for fear something would break.

I checked the other threads and there is limited information on the 45-60 cartridge. My primary question is where could I locate a dummy cartridge to put with what I am planning on to be a wall hanger for the rest of my life at least? Any ballistics on the 45-60 would be helpful and fun to have also. Thanks for any help you can provide.

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Old 06-18-2014, 05:44 PM
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45-60 was one of the calibers developed for the 1876 Winchester along with 45-75 and 50-95. The latter two calibers used a necked cartridge to achieve the larger charge.

I have no idea where you could find a dummy round made up though.

Uberti reproduces the 1876 in 45-60 and at one time several of the places that load cowboy action ammo were selling both the brass and loaded rounds. Buffalo Arms still sells both loaded rounds and the brass. The loaded ammo is expensive at $61 for 20 rounds plus shipping, but the brass is priced by the piece at $1.50 each. They also sell cast bullets, but not in small quantities.

Here's a link:

Buffalo Arms

I would suggest calling them during the day and tell them what you are trying to accomplish. They might sell you a couple of pieces of brass along with the appropriate lead, so you could make up your own dummies.

However, it's worth mentioning that one can fabricate the brass by simply trimming down standard 45-70 brass. The 45-60 is simply 0.16 inches shorter version of 45-70 brass. If you reload or know somebody who does and they have a case trimmer, the following video by Mike Beliveau will show one what to do.


Get a couple of pieces of 45-70 brass, trim them down and glue in the appropriate size bullet. Probably a 300 grain 45 cal round point flat nose will work.

Alternatively, if you know anybody who shoots 45-70's, get a couple of loaded rounds from them. Carefully extract a bullet so it's not deformed, empty out the powder, shorten the case by .16 inches, detonate the primer with a punch, and force the bullet back in the new shortened empty case.

I hope some of this proves helpful

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Old 06-18-2014, 06:13 PM
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I don't think they are dummy cartridges, but Jack First sells/sold single cartridges of many different brands and chamberings, rather than a full box.
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Old 06-21-2014, 09:14 AM
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Thanks, I appreciate the information.

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