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Thread: 30 cal hollow point bullets?

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    30 cal hollow point bullets?

    What size hollow is in a 30 cal hollow point bullet closest to 1/8 or 1/16 inch?

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    The Forester HP tool has a drill for rifle @ 1/16" and pistol @1/8" IIRC. 358439 has a pin of .155"
    I guess a lot depends on alloy and what you want it to do. Depth of the pin gives us the same questions.
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    Willyp:
    I have some cast hp that I received in a trade some time back. They are a gc design and weigh at 165 grains. The hp is .080 diameter, and .300 deep.
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    I use the 1/8" Forster to HP .30 cal and up bullets. I use the 1/16" tool for 7mm down to .22. Have done such for 40+ years with complete success.

    Larry Gibson

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    I had the pin for my 311291 HP made at a .15" diameter. I'm using these in a .308 win at 1800 fps with ACWW. The combo of alloy/velocity/diameter and depth seems to be balanced. They opened nicely on a lung shot doe and small buck this year. My original intent was to use these in a .30-30 with full power loads. I'd be nervous about pushing these any faster without making changes in alloy.

    2 years ago I redneck hollowpointed a ACWW 311290 with a 1/8" drill bit and pushed it to 2,000 in my 06. The boolit hung together on a cross chest shot that punched through both shoulder blades of a 150 lb doe.

    My experience is limited. YMMV
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    Erik does a real nice " Cup Point " HP conversion on a mold :

    Here is the 311291 with the Cup Point.

    http://castboolits.gunloads.com/showthread.php?t=133711

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    Would think that that cup point being a smidge shorter would allow the blt to be seater out a bit more as well. An advantage for short necked cases like 308/300 Sav. etc.
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    Being custom made in most cases, you choose the style or size. Buckshot may even supply you with several pins when he does the conversion.

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    Nice thing about the Forster tool is you can HP any bullet once loaded

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    Last edited by Larry Gibson; 03-11-2012 at 01:06 PM.

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    The standard Lyman factory HP was .100 on the several I have and I've used that on all my locally fabricated HPs and it does well./beagle
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    Wanting the versatility of HP ing any boolit and any loaded cartridge, I purchased a Forster Hollow Pointing tool. But now, I believe I need to additionally purchase Forster's LONG base (6 1/2") since my STANDARD base (5 3/8") is too short for my longest 30-06 loads with 311284s, 311290s and 311299s........3.360" O.L. +/-......even after moving each end of the trimmer to their outer most positions.
    Am I missing something with the STANDARD base? Do I need to just go buy the LONG base? Or HP a 311291 in the 30-30 for hunting and call it good? Your experiences sure would be appreciated. dmitch

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