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    Boolit Master LAKEMASTER's Avatar
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    Does the patch come off?

    I feel like i have a pretty good set up right now for dry patching. One thing I'm concerned about is the paper (burr) on the base when i size the bullet.

    If it explodes off @ the muzzle i guess it wouldn't matter. But i have to ask.

    I shortened my patch 1/4" height wise but i liked how the bottom of the patch folded
    In a manner that it pulled the patch tight. When i shortened it,i feel like I'm just bending the paper

    I would really like to try and make dry patching work.
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    I use a patch that either folds over the base or rolls over it, leaving an 'eye' or a patch that ends flush with the base. I tried a patch that had a very small overhang but that seemed to leave a ring in the case mouth or chamber. With a case filler like wheat bran or wheat germ that did not happen.

    Can you post some photo's so we can see what you are doing?
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    I'm trying to figure out a dry patch.

    I mainly want to patch the ranchdog bullet for high velocity/ hunting round
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    Have had good results with .301 sized lead cast bullet , paper patched and after applying some Lee Lube sized to .309 . Shoot in a 308 Win at jacketed velocity. I wrap the paper over the base of the bullet. The paper comes off at about 20 yards down range. If the paper comes off in pieces at different distances the group Is all over the place at 100 yards, large groups.
    The base should be covered in paper for and even paper coming off of the ballet at a single distance down rande.

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    So i guess my question is will the flaps on my boolits after i dry size them cause accuracy issues?
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    Are you PC'ing and then Patching? I do one or the other. Never tried both at the same time. My patches rain confetti in front of my bench. Bullets are sized to bore or larger then patched to throat diameter. I wet patch to just past the first driving band and twist the end to a tail like a tootsie roll. After it dries I snip the tail then size with Lee case sizing lube. Makes a nice hard patch and the punch gives a perfect flat hard base.
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    I guess i need to figure out how to make My patches not have the little flaps past the base
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