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Thread: Powder coating the LEE 230 300 AAC BLACKOUT Bullet

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    Powder coating the LEE 230 300 AAC BLACKOUT Bullet

    Hello all,
    I have a question on the bore rider section on this bullet as it pertains to powder coating increasing the diameter... @ 230g there aint any room to seat this bullet deeper in the case. SO If the order coat increases the diameter too much, even chambering this long bullet could be problematic.

    now I don't have this bullet. (YET) But strongly considering it. Do any of you find this a problem or concern. If your using it I would love to hear your opinions.





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    I have this boolit mold. They are great out of all 3 of my .300 BO rifles (1 bolt,2 AR uppers) Yes I powder coat them. BUT I also run them through a .309 sizer die AFTER the powder is baked. They are quieter than an air rifle out of the suppressed bolt rifle at about 900 fps. but will not cycle in either AR upper at that velocity.

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    I have the mold, and powder coat its product to shoot in everything from .32-20 Contender through the usual .30's and magnums and on into the .303 Brit. both sized (various) and unsized. For the price, what's holding you back?
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    Many of these molds drop small, different powders add differing thicknesses to boolits. This works fine in my 06 and 300 AAC

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    Good evening all. Long time lurker, first posting. This is the bullet that started me casting and powder coating. Buy the Lee push through .309 sizer as was mentioned. Fits and cycles both my AR's with 1680 and Reloader 7. Makes good plinking ammo. Never got match grade accuracy but could ring a 6 inch steel repeatedly from 100'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rottweiler View Post
    I have this boolit mold. They are great out of all 3 of my .300 BO rifles (1 bolt,2 AR uppers) Yes I powder coat them. BUT I also run them through a .309 sizer die AFTER the powder is baked. They are quieter than an air rifle out of the suppressed bolt rifle at about 900 fps. but will not cycle in either AR upper at that velocity.
    This is the answer I got from two of the uTubers I questioned on there videos!!

    But the forward section, (See above line drawing of bullet) this .127" long section in front of last driving band, is the bore rider section... It dosen't get sized as its .300 as cast. SO, with PC it will make it .002-.004 larger and maybe this could be a issue chambering. This was the reason for my question.

    I am enthusiastic about this bullet HABCAN, but likely would not get it unless I could PC it.

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    CW: Yes, I have this Lee mould and it works well in both my AR and daughters Handi rifle To get the accuracy needed the bore riding section does need to be a perfect fit. I use the NOE nose sizing bushings and this really brings out the best in this bullet. Gp

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    gpidaho is correct

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    Quote Originally Posted by gpidaho View Post
    CW: Yes, I have this Lee mould and it works well in both my AR and daughters Handi rifle To get the accuracy needed the bore riding section does need to be a perfect fit. I use the NOE nose sizing bushings and this really brings out the best in this bullet. Gp
    Guess some research into these dies is in order...

    Thank you!

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    I use that mold for my .300 bo. I powder coat and have no problem and I don't size the boolits.

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    I tried several different alloys and could not get it to drop any larger than .308. They worked fine out to 25 yards, but sucked past that. I switched to the NOE and everything works fine out to 100 yards.

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    I cast some Friday night. They drop at 311, our of powder they are almost 313. I only coated about a dozen then sized to .310 and loaded on 10.3 of AA 1680. They averaged 1045 and shot 2" @ 50 yards.



    More casting is in order.

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    Good on ya, I couldn’t get them to drop anywhere close to that size even close to 100% lineotype.

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