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    348 wcf

    Bought a very nice old Winchester Model 71 in (what else?) 348 WCF the other day. Not really sure why other than it's a very nice old rifle and I happen to be collecting nice old Winchesters these days. Problem is brass and boolits are a bit hard to find these days. Thinking pretty hard about a couple of Accurate designs (35-220D and 35-250B) but will need a custom boolit sizing die and probably a custom case mouth flaring tool as well. I think I have a set of loading dies located.
    Any suggestions? Anybody have a handful of gently used cases lying around? Anyone have a favorite boolit?
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    Contact lathesmith for the correct lube and size die. I'd choose the 35-220A for general use. Recoil from the .348 can be stout.

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    I have three that I use in mine. An RCBS 348-200, an Accurate 220 grain boolit which IIRC is the 35-220C, and the 358-429 sized .350. If you primarily intend to hunt with it, I'd choose the Accurate, but for a fun plinker, the 358-429 is great. I load mine over 13.0 grains of Red Dot. That is the round I use most of these days. I bought a Sizer from Midway for My RCBS lubrisizer and made a push thru sizer from a LEE .338 sizer body and a 9mm push rod. I used an electric drill and sand paper and a piece of 1/4 inch dowel to polish out the die body, 220 grit for the bulk of the metal removal and 400 grit to finish it. I started checking the fit every minute or so when the hole started to show visible enlargement. I kept going until a boolit pushed though came out .350. I then polished the 9mm push rod down to fit.
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    The two boolits on the right in the first pic are the Accurate 220 grainers and the second photo is the reduced diameter Keith boolits.
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    Good find. I've always liked the looks of the mod. 71 and have always wanted a .348.
    Hope it turns out to be a great shooter for you!

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    Thanks rintinglen, if you don't mind me asking why did you choose the 35-220C? I like your idea about the 358-429, have a new NOE copy collecting dust on my mould shelf. Hadn't really considered a plinking load but now I am, thanks.
    Thanks, 35 shooter. Guess it's no surprise another 35 followed me home, lol. Only problem is all my other "35's" are actually 36's.
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    Tex, the only real difference between the three, is the length of the nose. The 220 C is just a tad shorter from the crimp groove to the ogive, which I thought might help me keep the cartridges short enough to easily feed. I had just gone through a problem with a mold whose boolit was a hair too long and made for trouble feeding with a Rossi 44, so when I ordered mine I took the "short" route. I'm not sure it was needed, but that's what I did.
    Winchester 760 and H4895 have worked well for me with full charges.
    The 358-429 shoots way low from the POI of the full charges. I have to add about 15 lines of elevation on my williams peep tp get it up to POA.
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    Didn't notice the difference in nose shape, was looking at the lube grooves. For smokeless I like multiple shallow grooves even if I sometimes don't use all of them. 220C looks like a BP boolit to me with that big single groove, but then again I like the old BP designs.
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    Pic's?

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    Tx, bring it on up here to Idaho and I'll help you out I do have some brass I could part with if you need it. JW

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    Quote Originally Posted by 35 shooter View Post
    Pic's?

    Oops, sorry. Can't link the seller's site any longer, will need to take some pics.
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BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
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