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Thread: Straight vs tapered

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    Boolit Master

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    Straight vs tapered

    I know that hulls are identified as either straight or tapered wall.

    Other than the published data, USE ------> Hull - Primer - Power - Wad - Payload.

    Why aren't the wads classified as straight or tapered?
    For me, this is the most confusing part of shot shell loading, logic would tell you that a straight wall hull needs a straight wall wad correct?

    Thoughts???
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    Correct you need the proper wad. I like Down Range. They offer both. You can use a gas seal for both and then a wad. You can use a straight wall wad in a tapered hull and may have no problem but the AA hulls have a lip at the base that can be a problem with any wad. Conversely, a tapered wad in a straight wall hull may leak a little powder and you may lose some speed/pressure. Will work for sure. But may not be optimal. If all I had were straight hulls and tapered wads, I would go for it, knowing that it may allow powder to leak and lower performance by 100 fps, but beats not having something to shoot.
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    I agree with jmort. There are a lot of things that won't work in theory but work just fine in practice. Only straight hull I ever had a problem with is Fiocchi.
    The only amendment the Democrats support is the 5th.

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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
GC Gas Check