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    PC and Round Balls ?

    Has anyone experimented with PC and round balls in muzzle loaders? Or heard of anyone who has? Iím not planning to do so, Iím just curious?

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    I have PC'd, Hi-Tek'd a lot for friends, they are happy with them.
    Last edited by Grmps; 11-29-2018 at 12:55 PM. Reason: dikman reminded me of Hi-Tek'd

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    I Hi-Tek'd some round balls for my cap and ball revolver (only 'cos I could). They sure looked pretty but I can't see any advantage in doing it. If you're using patches in rifles then why would you bother? Leading is rarely a problem in muzzleloaders.

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    What dikman says. I have thought about coating some REAL or Maxi balls but am somewhat concerned about the PC melting. I hear reports that BP will melt thru plastic shotgun shells and can cause "plasticing" (leading, only with plastic) when using plastic wads directly on top of the BP. Would still have to lube the bullets but would hope the PC would remove any leading worries.

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    I did some for my rifle. No use to, as mentioned, since they ride in a patch, but it was fun to try.
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    PC keeps them from oxidizing, look pretty, helps you differentiate sizes by color, protects from extra contact with lead (if that is a concern for you)

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    Quote Originally Posted by RustyReel View Post
    What dikman says. I have thought about coating some REAL or Maxi balls but am somewhat concerned about the PC melting. I hear reports that BP will melt thru plastic shotgun shells and can cause "plasticing" (leading, only with plastic) when using plastic wads directly on top of the BP. Would still have to lube the bullets but would hope the PC would remove any leading worries.
    Normally, PC withstands more heat than lead. Not the same type of plastic as in shogun shells. When adding culls to melt, the lead melts and the PC floats on top.

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    "PC keeps them from oxidizing" ----from Grmps.

    Reason enough for me. After finding "the load"
    for a particular rifle that was powdercoated,
    I make up a small batch. Over time, I shoot a few here
    and a few there, which means they may be stored
    for awhile.

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    Wow, I never thought about that. PC'ing to differentiate between sizes. I use .451, .454, .457 have to cast them all separate. And be carefull to KEEP them separate.
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    I don't see any advantage for revolvers. Properly sized balls have a thin ring of lead shaved off when they are loaded, so the coating would also be cut off leaving bare lead against the cylinder walls and the bore. I guess I can see a small advantage if you have a couple of revolvers that take slightly different ball sizes like a Colt navy vs. a Colt Walker, but that is about it.

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    I PC cast buckshot after I have rolled them to make them round.
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    Well if you powder coat, there won’t be any argument about who’s shot brought the game down!

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    PC will increase the diameter a little and increase drag [lower ballistic coefficient]

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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