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Thread: The absolute best cast boolit caliber/cartridge?

  1. #81
    Boolit Buddy
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    38 rifle or pistol? same with 44. I don't cast many pistol bullets.

  2. #82
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    I'm really liking my 32-40 for Scheutzen shooting. I wish I had started this type shooting many years earlier. It's really satisfying if you can understand that.

  3. #83
    Quote Originally Posted by kcajeel View Post
    I'm really liking my 32-40 for Scheutzen shooting. I wish I had started this type shooting many years earlier. It's really satisfying if you can understand that.
    I'll bite, what is scheutzen shooting?

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    Quote Originally Posted by John McCorkle View Post
    I'll bite, what is scheutzen shooting?

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    The solid soft lead bullet is undoubtably the best and most satisfactory expanding bullet that has ever been designed. It invariably mushrooms perfectly, and never breaks up. With the metal base that is essential for velocities of 2000 f.s. and upwards to protect the naked base, these metal-based soft lead bullets are splendid.
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  5. #85
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    I read somewhere somebody analyzed it from a bunch of different criteria and determined the .30-40 Krag was the ultimate rifle cartridge for cast bullets. Not gonna disagree, it's a very good one. Guess it all depends on which of those criteria were most important to you.

  6. #86
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    As has been mentioned, sometimes you’ve got to be more specific. I voted for 32 because for rifle, the 32-40 is hard to beat for everything from target to medium large game... they’ve been used for well over 110 years, and although brass may be difficult to find at Wal*Mart (it’s not there) it’s easily formed and worth the effort! Of course there are also the much loved (in some circles) 32 Spl and the extremely popular German 8 mm to add to the mix.

    In handguns, the variety of 32s available makes any kind of shooting that can logically be done with a handgun convenient and effective. Anything from 32 Short & Wimpy to 327 Fed Mag and 32-20 with pretty much the same bunch of bullets.

    Yep, if you just list “32” as a choice, it wins hands down!

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    Since I finally have one and it's not even listed- 38-55 of course!

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    I'm gonna go with what ever you have at the moment . So far I have enjoyed everything I have tried cast boolits in .

  9. #89
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    If i had to choose a caliber i would go with .375 - .380 as for some reason i seem to be able to cast better bullets for my 38-55 and .375/444 Marlin than any other caliber. I have 7 moulds in this range and with all of them i get good bullets from the first pour and very few rejects.

    I also cast for 25-35, .30-30, .303. .357 & 44-40, all of which seem to take me some time to get into the groove and start producing good bullets.

    I'm thinking a .358 caliber rifle bullet might work well too.

  10. #90
    45 acp, 44 special & mag, 38 special & 357 mag/max, 40 Smith, 454 Casull Mag, 9mm, 7.62x39, 7.62 NATO/308, 458 SOCOM, 35 Rem, 30-30, 22 Hornet, 5.56/223 and a few more. Performance is directly dependent on alloy used for each projectile though some are less picky on alloy choice which I have four bottom pour lead pots to keep from having to empty pots and put another in as I am lazy alomg with easily confused. Have a Lyman 200 grain 45 acp SWC that have used with wheel weights for 35 years and will put it up against any load going. Have a target at work where fired a 100 round 2" group at 50 feet two hand hold with no rest using a 1911 custom carry comp pistol. Was much smaller at 50 but lost my original aiming dot totally which aiming at a hole is hard to do tring to remember where the true point of aim was at beginning. They make major class and would use for defense without hesitation. It shoots 1.5" 10 shot groups.
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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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