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Thread: 1866 Lebel

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    Boolit Master
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    1866 Lebel

    Took my Lebel out yesterday, to try some cases that someone had converted from Berdan to Boxer.
    Load is Lee 8mm Maxie custom, .326di/250gr, GC, IMR4198, 20.5gr, with a tuff of Dacron over the powder.
    This is what I found to be the best for this rifle.
    Sights on this rifle are strange.
    If you have seen one, you know what I mean.
    50yds and 100yds
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    Not to bad for this old girl.

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    I'd say that's pretty good, everything considered! I doubt if it can be improved upon. Very good.

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    That old girl needs to hunt in broad daylight with those strange sights. You are a good shot! Did you know the French troops called the Lebels' ball tip bayonet "Rosalie"? I've no idea why, I just thought I'd throw that in.

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Abbreviations used in Reloading

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
GC Gas Check