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Old 05-13-2020, 15:33   #1
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I saw a great rifle today

A Winchester .351. It was built in the 1920's and shot a round very similar to the .30 carbine only it was a .351 diameter bullet. What a great round for the Mini . I'm thinking a guy could maybe squeeze down a .223 to get the case to the right dimensions and cut it off at the right length. No one is currently making brass for it. If a guy could shoot a 9mm bullet out of it, it would be a fun gun. A 9mm bullet is .356 diameter. The brass is right about the .357 brass long. It couldn't be used for deer hunting but it would make a right nice home defense gun.

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It was made in .32, 351, and .401, IIRC. Quite a thumper for its day. I saw a .351 with a 20 round pox. It was labeled Winchester Police Carbine. The ".32 Self Loader" cartridge was actually the basis for the .30 Carbine cartridge in 1941.
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It was made in .32, 351, and .401, IIRC. Quite a thumper for its day. I saw a .351 with a 20 round pox. It was labeled Winchester Police Carbine. The ".32 Self Loader" cartridge was actually the basis for the .30 Carbine cartridge in 1941.
Yes, it was the police rifle of the day for the roaring 20's and 30's. It appears the brass and the .351 bullets are hard to come by. The .351 round I saw today was just an upsized .30 carbine round. The rifle was a Winchester and it was in great shape. It was a long ways from being worn out. I understand the .401 ammo is the same. Brass and bullets are hard to come by.

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Brass is spendy, but available. Jamison Ammo and Brass makes the brass for it.
Midway and OutdoorLimited list loaded ammo by Jamison but they are out of stock now.
These guys sell loaded ammo, brass is made from Remington .357 Maximum brass cut down and rim diameter reduced.
https://shop.ammo-one1.com/product.s...categoryId=184
Edit: Jamison is out of business, but you still might be able to locate some of the brass or loaded ammo they made to get a .351 SL rifle shooting again.
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Buffalo Arms used to also carry brass for .32, .351, .401
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Old 05-16-2020, 13:24   #6
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A guy with a mini lathe could make all the brass he wanted.

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