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    One month and 500 powder coated boolits

    It has been a month since I started powder coating boolits. Most have been .38 special at .38 special velocities. But I just shot some .357 125 grain Lee round Flat nose boolits at over 1300 FPS almost 1400 FPS with no sign of leading. If I was do do that with normally lubed boolits I would be working the rest of the week trying to get all the lead out.

    Anyone have any experience in this area?

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    If your bond is good you can go much faster with no leading. 1400 isn't near what it can take.

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    1400 fps isn't even close to taxing a properly coated and cured PB bullet. Try 2800 out of a 30/06, 3000+ from a 7mm, 3500+ from a 22-250, with no issues. I don't have anything with more chamber pressure or anything faster, so you guys will have to take it from there. I am getting too old to be buying more guns; well not many more anyway.

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    Powder coating is here to stay.

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    once i started and saw how good it worked i clean out all the lube from my sizer and dies.

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    Yes, I have an old lube sizer I probably should put up for sale while it stills has some value as I will never use it again at least not for its intended purpose.

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    My first reload with purchased, coated, 45-70 300gr boolits. They are correctly sized .458. After the usual sizing, expanding and seating just 5 of the boolits, I'm left with a small ring of shaved lead and coating at the last groove. I've pulled one boolit and the coating is gone....shaved off.
    Soo...what is the answer? Increase the expanding?
    I don't want to shoot it without lube or coating.
    Last edited by double8; 02-15-2020 at 09:35 AM.
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    Yup, 88, I'd expand the case mouth a little more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FredBuddy View Post
    Yup, 88, I'd expand the case mouth a little more.
    I'll give that a go...and I won't be crimping, as my 45-70 rifle is a single shot. The velocity I load to will be 1050 or so
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    I have never reloaded for 45-70 but it is a tapered case. So, I would ditto expanding a little more. Since it is a single shot I would taper crimp and not a roll crimp. You might want to check the brass thickness also.

    You say purchased bullets, are you sure the coating has been properly cured?

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    I purchased them from a reputable supplier that I've dealt with over the years for many cast bullets.
    Properly cured? I have no idea how to tell that, but I rely on the supplier to sell a quality product.
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    I to would assume the coating was proper. If you want to check hold a razor knife blade 90 degrees to the finish and give it a light pressure scraping. A hard finish should resist being scraped off.

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    Yessir, the coating passed your test. I could scrape it off, but it would need considerable force [much like cramming the bullet in a case not expanded enough]
    Problem solved.....
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    Good job. Besides shooting cleaner, you can push the boolit to max velocities without the fear of leading.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stubshaft View Post
    Good job. Besides shooting cleaner, you can push the boolit to max velocities without the fear of leading.
    I'm just pushing a 300gr at low velocity with Unique...the gun is a new to me CVA Scout v2 in the 45-70. I'll work the loads up to at least an "ouch'' recoil.
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    I have pushed PC to 2000fps in my 6.8 with decent results & no leading.
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    I've shot a bunch of Lee 356 124g Truncated cone (bevel base) from rifle at 1500 fps at 3 MOA or so. Also had good luck with the Lee 200 (checked) at 2300 fps in a 1/12 358 Winchester, probably around 1.5 MOA. I'm happy.

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    Guys he is shooting a 45-70. High speed bullets are not a thing. The most i have pushed my 45-70 is 1900 with a 405 grn bullet. That put a hurting on the shoulder after a few ! So lets keep that in mind.

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