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Thread: The Round Ball Does It Again

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    Two rounds a year...... Sort of takes the fun out of it. I would think you would be hot on to test some of the beautiful purple round balls so the many of us who enjoy reading these posts will know if they shoot as good as they look. Just my wondering mind!

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    Being you asked, I may have to make an exception here for later. The range is closed during the deer season. After then I will test.
    Last edited by GBertolet; 12-11-2019 at 05:30 PM.

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    Those look like big juicy berrys! I don't think I want to try one though!

    How thick is the coating?

    Yeah, I'm with msm on ball diameter as in bigger is better as long as it chambers. There isn't a bunch to squeeze down at the equator of a ball so they should swage down quite easily. I certainly haven't noticed any issues with the 0.735" RB even when shot through a 0.727" groove diameter rifled gun. I'll have to recheck but IIRC my 0.735" RB mould casts 0.736" with WW. In fact all my Lyman ball moulds cast a thou or two large with WW unlike their bullet moulds.

    I too have seen the off center "belt" on my 0.735" RB's in my 0.733" smoothbore single shot. I figure the ball is catching the forcing cone offside so picking a bit of roll, or possibly getting a bit of spin when opening the crimp. Nonetheless, accuracy is generally quite good. That is the main reason I didn't get in on the Mihec 0.732" RB mould group buy, I didn't think it was big enough. The larger 0.735" ball gets squeezed to suit the bore.

    The good 'ol round ball is simple and effective. Also easy to cast and easy to load. I like it!

    Longbow

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    Quote Originally Posted by GBertolet View Post
    I just powder coated these RB's. The color is called traffic purple. I will eventually get around to trying them, as I have lot's of teflon tape slugs already loaded for future hunts. I only need two rounds a year. One to check the zero, and another to take the deer.
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    Happy to hear the JT mold's are being offered by the next generation. I really liked Tanner molds (have a few). Might have to order one soon for another project.

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    Purple RBs? Grape shot?? *LOL*

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    OK, so now I've got to PC balls too? Those look too cool!

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    "Grape shot" I like it! I'm still not going to try one though... just had some dental work done!

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    jawbreakers!... Donít put any of those in the candy dish.

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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
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