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03-21-2006, 04:03 PM
Had about 15 minutes at the sand pit today. My 38 Swede shoots factory copper clad just fine. No cast for it yet. The subject of the trip- my #4SMLE and the Fat 30 didn't fare so well. I could only find 5 cases so I loaded up what I had in front of 13.0 Red Dot. At 50 yards only one round struck the target and it was keyholing! I guess maybe a little more work is needed. I know I have a bag of 303 brass around here someplace.....

03-21-2006, 05:08 PM
Might want to try 16 grains of 2400 as it is fairly good in my mil calibers. -JDL

bruce drake
03-21-2006, 06:05 PM
what diameter is your enfield's bore? what diameter did you size the Fat 30? Some enfields can be .316 and some .308 depending on use and age of the barrel.

I usually load 11.5gr of Red Dot and size my bullets to .312 to meet my Enfield's requirements.


03-21-2006, 06:27 PM
If all else fails try cornmeal filler over the powder. This should alow a marginal bullet to group. This brought a 2 groove Savage from Keyhole to under 3" at 100 yards.

03-21-2006, 11:12 PM
Thanks guys. I gotta find the brass thats the gremilns have hid on me.

I thought the Fat 30 might be OK as the nose is an interference fit in the muzzle. No, I haven't gotten around to findng the throat size, but I recall shooting it 311299's fairly well some years ago. I need to get a big jug of time and spend some of it playing with this.