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Thread: Success with my Husqvarna 1867 Rolling block, new bullet did the trick.

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    Success with my Husqvarna 1867 Rolling block, new bullet did the trick.

    I have a Husky 1867, that I had not fooled with much for a year or more. It came sporterized, and I refinished the metal, and the wood, and put some decent sights on it. I had tried the Lee .450 gr slug for a .500 smith that I cast, and tried a Lyman .50 plains bullet, 390 grains. No consistency for either bullet, and they bot seemed big enough. Well today I was casting some Lee .515, 500grain slugs out of 1/2 wheel weights/pure lead, for my 50/70 Trapdoor. I had made about 500 up, and decided to load some up, with 12grs of Unique,to try on the 12.7 Husky. I made a dummy round, breech block woud not close, and the bullet was in as far as it should go. I remembered that I had mistakenly trimmed some about .100 of an inch too short. I dug them out and primed, powdered, and seated some of the 500gr slugs, in the crimping ring, with the 12gr of Unique. I went out to the car port and elbowed up on my Rav 4, and picked a bar spot on a steep bank where I could not get ricochet's, and picked out a white rock about 2" around, stood out on the red clay bank. I have a tall ft sight and had raised the rear peep up quite a bit, when shooting it the other day. At the same spot, it was all over the place, 3 feet groups if that. I held on the rock, and hit about 4" over it. So I held the same place for 2 more shots, and they went in the same place, I meant exactly the same place. I got on my 4 wheeler and drove over, and with a tap measure, the hole diameter, was 1-3/4 inches, at 140 yds. I was pretty well good to go with that group, came and loaded 3 more up, held on the same place, and just kept on stacking them. I am tickled pink with this load. This rifle is supposed to have the barrel that is from a old ML, I do know the rifling is Hexagonal, like a Whitworth, with a fast twist, probably about 1-30 or faster. This would make a great deer hunting rifle, 150 yds in would be a cake walk. Anyway, just thought I would share.

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    Kroger, you might try taking that plains boolit and use pure lead and use some black powder instead of smokeless and see how it does too. The black and a pure soft plains boolit should fill the barrel just fine. It might just be another type of cartridge you could use if needed.

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    Thanks MOA, I had considered that, as black powder loads are some of the most accurate loads I have ever shot in my 45/70's, back in the early 90's. I have a bunch of SPG bullet lube put back, and used Steve Garvey's method of loading, never tried anything else, since it worked so good. I wanted to stay away from it, their is a lot of extra work to cleaning brass and processing it. The slug I am shooting is doing so good with the Unique load, I hate to change anything. I might order a Lee mold for the 450 gr slug.

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    Koger, yes the brass and the cleaning is no doubt the biggest down side to black for most. If I didn't own a wet/pin/SS tumbler I might do less myself. Here's some of my days loading.

    Lee's .515 dia. 450 & 500 grain boolits being cast.



    The boolits.




    The plains loaded with black with a wax carton wad.


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    Thanks, some good looking loads.

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