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    32-20 mold

    I've been casting with a Lyman 311008 mold but would like to try a mold with a gas check, same bullet weight. any recommendations? I have a late model Marlin 1894 and prefer shooting loads in the 1300-1500 fps range. I've been getting 4-inch groups at 50 yards with the Lyman bullet over 10 gr of IMR 4227.

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    They make the same thing with a check shank. 311316? Maybe. Anyhow, it's out there. If not Lyman then NOE or Accurate can fix you up. Me, I just paper patch them when I want them to go at high speed.
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    I used a Pat Malin .30PB GC on my 311008HP and it did well./beagle
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    Yes, 311316 is the GC mold. I've got a new, old stock, Ideal, in the Orange box. Double cavity. I've never had the need for speed, but this one would do it.

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    I had Tom at Accurate Molds make me a 310115J. It's 115 Gr. with a gas check and works great in my old Marlin '94.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bosterr View Post
    I had Tom at Accurate Molds make me a 310115J. It's 115 Gr. with a gas check and works great in my old Marlin '94.
    Snap , Tom made me the same mold but I required a .315 to fit my 32-20.
    Having played around with it for a while I have decided to send it off to Eric at Hollowpoint to have it plain based, I have no need for speed in this old rifle anyway so cutting out the GC step is just fine for my needs.
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    Mine, a model 53 Browning, likes the Lee "soupcan" as everyone here calls it. It is a 30ish cal mold but drops coww large enough to size for 32/20. And the mold is cheap. I think I size .313 IIRC.

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    For standard velocity .32-20 rifle or revolver loads for the old guns, using smokeless powder, this is the one I use:

    Attachment 223335

    Accurate 31-105T is a double-crimp-groove design of correct diameter to fit typical .32 S&W Long, .32 Colt New Police and .32-20 revolvers made before WW2.

    Seat bullets out long and crimp in the rear crimp groove for .32 S&W Long and Colt New Police.

    Use the front crimp groove to maintain factory overall ctg. length in the .32-20 and .32 H&R Magnum.

    In the .32 S&W Long and .32 Colt New Police load 2.3-2.5 grains of Bullseye.
    Do not exceed in pre-1957 guns.

    In the .32-20 Winchester or .32 H&R Magnum load 3.3-3.5 grains of Bullseye. In .32 H&R Magnum brass with the deep seating, velocity closely approximates factory loads. In .32-20 brass do not exceed in 1873 Winchester, Colt Police Positive, Army Special or S&W .32 Hand Ejectors made before 1918, not having heat treated cylinders!

    The above loads do not exceed SAAMI MAP and approximate the velocity of WW2-era factory loads.

    I cast bullets 50-50 wheelweights and plumber's lead with 1% tin added, lube with Lee Liquid Alox diluted with equal parts by liquid volume of mineral spirits, just enough to turn bullets a uniform brassy color (don't worry about filling the lube grooves) then size .314" using the Lee push-through die.

    Attachment 223336

    The bullet profile is a close match to pre-WW2 factory bullets for the .32 Colt New Police and .32-20.
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    Arsenal makes a copy of the lyman 311008 in 3 different styles. Flat base,gas check, or both.

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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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