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Thread: Sizing

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    Boolit Buddy armednfree's Avatar
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    May 2012


    My Remlin seems to like cast bullets in the .460 range. When I paper patch they come out around .463 before sizing. I haven't tried it yet but I believe the rifle will chamber that dimension without issue. I read that the sizing is mostly to, " Iron the patch on". It seems to me that if I put a small amount of case lube around the bullet and put it in the case that would iron the patch on just as well.

    I ran mine through a .457 sizer. They came out .4583 =+/- .0003 which has to be spring back on the paper.

    Is there any reason not to shoot them unsized and let the rifle do that?

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    Boolit Master Dan Cash's Avatar
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    Jun 2008
    Western North Dakota
    No reason at all. As cast is good if they will chamber. If you wet patched or got dry patches good and tight, the patch is "ironed " on already.
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    Boolit Grand Master 303Guy's Avatar
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    Oct 2008
    New Zealand
    My boolit cores are smooth sided and I dry patch. Soft lead will grip the patch just fine but harder alloys need knurling with a pair of fine flat files. My patches stay on the boolits just fine.

    I do size when the patched boolit is too large to seat. My patched boolits fill the throats of my 303 Brits and the bore sizes them. My patched boolit diameter at the seating portion is 8.1 mm (.319) which is somewhat larger than the bore diameters.
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