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Thread: Cimarron 1873 on the way. Bullet Suggestions?

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    Cimarron 1873 on the way. Bullet Suggestions?

    Hi Guys and gals.

    I have a Cimarron 1873 short rifle in 357 on the way. I have a couple moulds for the cartridge (358156, 358495, lee 356-120TC that drops big enough) but i'm looking for something that will be a little heavier and feed well. I was wondering what everyone thought of the lee 358-158 RF?
    Seems the nose would feed well and you still have some flat point for the thump on game.

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    Boolit Master waco's Avatar
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    This is what I use in my three .357 leverguns. It's from Accurate.
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    Bump up from the dead.

    Any other suggestions? Not sure I want to dive into an acccurate mould just yet as the Lee version of that bullet is a little clunky when cycling.

    Just got around to trying them now. I was shooting some RN and TC with good results but they run 130 and 120 grains respectively and I like a little more bullet weight for fun. Figure it could double as a good hunting bullet (in my fantasies about MA allowing rifles to hunt deer)

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    Boolit Master GhostHawk's Avatar
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    Fargo ND
    I don't have a lever gun in .35 but I love that bullet.

    With the round nose it feeds in everything, yes even in 9mm's. (my Hipoint 9mm carbine loves those)

    I have used it a lot in my .357 mag single shot handi rifle.

    And I have dropped them into .40sw brass and made them into round nosed jacketed rounds for my .444marlin. I just wished I'd bought it as a 6 cavity not a 2.

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    Boolit Buddy Randy Bohannon's Avatar
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    My Win/Miroku 1873 loves the RCBS 158 gr. RNFP. I see this mold at Midway often for $60.00 outstanding price for quality iron mold.

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    Boolit Master
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    I have a 6 banger Lee 358-158 RF mold. My Win/Miroku 1873 loves it. cheap mold, makes a TON of boolits in a short time. Shoots straight.

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    I use the Arsenal 359-155 Gr RF (5 cavity) in my Win/Miroku 1873 and it works real well.

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    Boolit Buddy
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    I've got the Lee 358-158RF and the 358-125RF. Both in 6 cavity. Both work excellent in my Cimarron/Uberti and Marlin 1894. Have had zero problems in 38spl or 357 brass. And the 358-158RF hits like a sledge on skunks, armadillos, and coyotes out to 75yrds.

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    Back in the woods a piece, just outside Auburn, AL.
    I like the Lyman 358665. Bevel base, easy to load, easy to chamber, good all around cowboy bullet.
    This one is an HP, but the flat nose works just fine without the HP.
    KE4GWE - - - - - - Colt 1860, it just feels right.

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    So I messed with the Lee a little more and noticed in feeds fine when loaded in357 cases.
    I guess it just needs a little longer OAL to give the proper presentation angle.

    Can anyone tell me what the meplat diameter is on the Lyman bullet?

    I’m thinking if it’s just a touch narrower than the Lee it may work out perfect for my needs.

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Abbreviations used in Reloading

BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
C Compressed Charge PR Primer SPCL Soft Point "Core-Lokt"
HP Hollow Point PSPCL Pointed Soft Point "Core Lokt" C.O.L. Cartridge Overall Length
PSP Pointed Soft Point Spz Spitzer Point SBT Spitzer Boat Tail
LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
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