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Thread: Just a few tips for new rifle casters.

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    Just a few tips for new rifle casters.

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    You have learned well, grasshopper.
    The solid soft lead bullet is undoubtably the best and most satisfactory expanding bullet that has ever been designed. It invariably mushrooms perfectly, and never breaks up. With the metal base that is essential for velocities of 2000 f.s. and upwards to protect the naked base, these metal-based soft lead bullets are splendid.
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    Very good post. The only thing I would do different is to use cerrosafe to do a chamber, throat, freebore etc test. Also I would start out before shooting any cast bullet with a clean bore and I mean cleaner that my drill sargent wanted. As I said a very good post. I award you two gold stars.

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    Very well done. I find composition and editing a daunting and time-consuming task, and highly commend you for taking the time to compose this. I'm sure the person you, initially, wrote it for was very grateful for the help. Sharing it with the entire Cast Boolits membership is an act of great generosity.

    That much information, all in one post, should get any novice cast boolit rifle shooter on the right road.

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    That is a great piece of work. I will read it several times over.
    Thank you.

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    What great info. Thanks for taking the time to provide this great insight to loading cast bullets for those of us less experienced. Would most of these techniques not work for revolvers also?
    Could I not also measure revolver cylinder throat diameters using the same method of upsetting a soft lead slug in the throut, removing it, then measuring the diameter? Or is it better to just use pins?
    Thanks again for great info !!

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    Well written thread, a must read in my opinion for newbees casting for rifle!
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    Good going Goodsteel
    One nice thing about it being on the net is it is a bit like a Wiki.
    It can be edited/added too as time goes on.
    Please do not let it get lost in the dark depths of the archives.

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    Yes. Thank you Goodsteel, I am just starting out reloading 7mm for a Mauser and was looking for something else but your post has probably saved me time and heartache!

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    l suspect it might be best to neck only for bolt action and single shot rifles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sw282 View Post
    l suspect it might be best to neck only for bolt action and single shot rifles.
    You're kinda correct in your statement. Let your firearms tell you if it NEEDS to have the brass full length sized. SOME single shots (particularly with high intensity loads) will need full length sized. If you can neck size only even every other reloading it'll save working your brass which contributes to longer brass life. It has been my experience that even semi-auto rifles can be reloaded with neck size only under the right circumstances. Again, let your gun tell you what it needs/likes and don't get set in one way of doing everything under every circumstance. EXPERIMENT!

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    Thumbs up rifle casters

    Great post ...One thing I have not seen mentioned is the need to bell the mouth of the case slightly before seating the boolit. This step is absolutely nessasary if not done, the case mouth will shave material from the boolit. Causing an out of round boolit.

    I might be getting ahead of myself...but, needed to post this for the newbes.
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    Thank you Goodsteel,

    You've put the process into concise words. I specially appreciate the section on how to create a chamber/throat gauge from a lead filled case and pure lead bullet. Genius!

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