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    Lube not filled in completely

    So I have purchased some bullets from a caster that have not completely filled in on the lube grooves. My question is are these ok to load and shoot, and if not can I correct it on my own.

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    I had some old lazer cast with the hard blue lube that had missing spots, it did not seem to make any difference when shooting them if at least 75% or so remained. I then started tumble lubing them with Bens liquid lube mixture just in case. You could probably use 45-45-10 as a secondary coat too.

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    A little ultra light tumble is always good. Either 45-45-10 or BLL.
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    Shoot them and you will not be able to discern a difference
    in light to medium loads.

    What caliber, what velocity?
    We are talking handgun.
    NOT for your FAL?

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    I sometimes go light on lube to keep the smoke at a minimum, won't be noticeable when you're shooting...

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    Most cases, it shouldn't matter.
    BUT, let's say the Lube used is a Hard lube, that won't "fling off" as the boolit exits the muzzle, more lube on one side of the boolit, could cause instability ...this would be more obvious at rifle shooting distances, than typical pistol shooting distances.
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    Quote Originally Posted by skeettx View Post
    Shoot them and you will not be able to discern a difference
    in light to medium loads.

    What caliber, what velocity?
    We are talking handgun.
    NOT for your FAL?

    Mike
    Thanks guys for responding. Mike, these are for my 1951 Marlin 336A in 30-30. Not sure on what velocity yet, but they are 150 and 170 gr variety. They are gas checked though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FALaholic View Post
    Thanks guys for responding. Mike, these are for my 1951 Marlin 336A in 30-30. Not sure on what velocity yet, but they are 150 and 170 gr variety. They are gas checked though.
    They will be fine for 30-30 use . Most boolit designs have grooves that hold generous amounts of lube ... new modern lubes do a better job and 100% filling of grooves is not needed .
    On 38 special Wadcutter designs there are usually 3 lube grooves . I fill only one or two with lube , it results in less smoke on indoor ranges and better accuracy ... sounds weird but you can over lube them and it affects accuracy ... I don't know why , I think modern lubes just don't require as much to get the job done .
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