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Thread: Got a small score

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    Got a small score

    I was over at the local gun show today and got a small score of 75 .58 caliber 530 grain minnie balls for only four dollars. Don't know what mold they came out of but they look like a good tight fit in my Navy Arms Buffalo Hunter in .58 caliber. Just about the only muzzle loader supplies that I saw at the show. Don't know when I can get to the range so they are going on the shelf in the reloading room with the rest of the round tu its.

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    Just curious, what local show was that??

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    I search for stuff like that at gun shows. It wouldn't be worth $4 to cast your own, and 75 will keep you shooting for a while.

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    Rusty, The show was at the Volusia County Fair Grounds just off 44 east of Deland. They have it about every three months, it's not very big but a lot of fun to walk through and occasionally I find a good deal (something I can't live without). Lots of empty spaces at the show this time.

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    If you can post a picture, someone will likely tell you what mould the bullet came from. Lee has a mould like that that drops around 520gr.
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ID:	225089 Here's a picture of the Minnie balls. I tossed them on a scale and found that they weigh in at about 465 grains instead of 530 grains. Wondering what starting load I should try, have a lot of 3F Geox but only a 1/2 lb of 2F. Hope they shoot well, got a lot of them

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    They look similar to the Lees but not quite. Mine are about 520. I worked up a load of 70gr ff for hunting. It shot the same POA for me as 80gr with a PRB at 100y. Start around 50 or so and work up.
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    To get the best accuracy make sure that they are within .002" under bore diameter. I usually shoot 45 3F behind my RCBS minies out of a Murray Carbine lubed with MCM lube.
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    I've a 50/50 mix of bees wax and olive oil for a minnie ball lube. It has worked well for some other minnie balls that came with the rifle and I'll try it with 465 grain ones.

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    Good snag.......I'd buy them every day like that instead of making them myself. I don't care for my current Minnie mold.

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