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Thread: Lee 410 195gr SWC

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    JonB_in_Glencoe's Avatar
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    Lee 410 195gr SWC

    I've been casting and shooting the 41 mag quite a bit this fall and winter.
    I've emptied a lot of brass...and thinking of loading a bunch.
    I kind of forgot about this boolit, I bought this mold last winter and did some test casts with it and then put it on shelf and forgot about it.

    Yesterday, I melted some 40% COWW and 60% soft scrap. It measured 9 BHN an hour after casting.

    It's a joy when these lightweight Lee 2 cav molds drop nice boolits like an expensive mold.

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    I'm thinking of a like load, like 5 gr. of Red Dot, I'm guessing that should be about 750 to 800 fps, judging by published loading data of 7gr Red Dot spec'd at 1000fps.

    Have a good one.
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    I hated Lee molds for years, just couldn't get anything but rejects out of them. Tried a six cavity and learned a bit. eventually got the hang of them and now have a few of the two cavity ones. I'm getting older and weaker now and don't have the hand and forearm strength I used to, the lightweight molds are nice in that regard.

    Not sure why, but I've had the itch to get a .41 for a while now. I need to start reloading and casting for another caliber like a hole in my head and I have enough .357, .44 and .45 guns, I sure don't need one but...

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    Boolit Master
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    I use that Lee mold/bullet in my 8" Model 57....7.0 Grains of Red Dot gives me 1,088 average muzzle velocity. Using lighter charges and I get higher std deviations and the cases get sooty. For some reason the bullets cast come in at around 210 grains with WW metal...on the heavy side. The Lee 210 SWC-TL version is also an excellent choice.

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    Jefferson County, CO
    I found some cast 175 gr boolits before I started casting and with 10.0 gr SR4756 it was like shooting a large caliber 22 but way more fun. I now use a Mehi 413640 Large HP at around 205 grains, 6.5gr Red Dot and still just as fun. Have not chrono'd them so don't know the velocity. I'll have to do that some time I guess.

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    Boolit Master
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    East TN
    I am now on my second Lee mold in the 410-195-SW pattern and really like it. These boolits will fit into any cylinder length I have, including a Taurus 5-shot snub (ported) that I added to the herd a few years ago. Before that I ran these through a S&W m-58 and they were a delight. Right now I have 5 molds for the 41's, choice of RN, WC and SWC. It seems that I commonly gravitate back to this Lee pattern more often than not.

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    Boolit Buddy Pumpkinheaver's Avatar
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    I have shot thousands of these bullets over the years. Mostly light loads at around 1000 fps. Makes for cheap shooting.

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    Northern Illinois
    5gr of red dot is my load for that boolite can't say how fast there going but shoot good in my 4 5/8 BH
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    Boolit Master Good Cheer's Avatar
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    the Ark
    My 195 mold has spiral chatter marks around the nose.
    Sort of strange looking but it shoots OK in the .41 cal modified 1858 Remington with 25 grains of black.

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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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