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Thread: LBT bullets in the Marlin

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    Boolit Master Jack Stanley's Avatar
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    Mar 2006
    South of the north pole in the land of the falling waters

    LBT bullets in the Marlin

    I've had a bunch of as cast LBT bulets in storage for I don't know how long . I remember after I had cast these , I had gas checked and lubed them and loaded a bunch of .357 magnum cases . So , since I had a bunch leftover and had a few minutes I thought why not try them in the thirty-eight special case ? From years ago I had a box that I had loaded using gas checks and Unique and it worked well in another carbine that I sold to a needy soul . This time it was off on an adventure of not using the gas check and see how it would work .

    Well in the years the bullets have been sitting they are not all clean and shining examples anymore . So the I dea came to coat them with Johnson's paste wax before running them through the Star . I used about a teaspoon of wax per about fifty bullets and rolled them around untill coated . After drying they went nose first into the star with a .359" die using a wadcutter punch to shove them through and filled the one lube groove with LBT Blue . Now , no gas check expense and ready to load .

    Several Federal thirty-eght cases later and using Universal clays starting at four grains and working up to four point five . I stopped at four point five because it cut a ragged hole using a full magazine at thirty yards . The four inch service revolver I was using to "buddy" with the carbine did OK too , it may have liked more velocity ..... I dunno .

    It gave good feeding and accuracy and didn't lead using the fifty rounds I had loaded up to test . Velocity ? I dunno , I didn't feel like setting up the chronograph , pehaps later . At longer distance a little more powder may be needed but then if I need distance , I could use a .357 with a caseful of number nine to do the job . As long as it does well at thirty to fifty yards with good groups and no leading I think I could use it and be happy . Just fooling around though and this hundred eighty-five grain bullet is way heavier than I want to use . I guess I'll just hafta keep on fooling with the thirty-eight and see what turns up huh?


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    Boolit Man
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    Jan 2009
    about 10 years back, had an early lbt mold that threw a 180gr flatnose of .358 diameter with predominantly wheelwt alloy (about 9pts whlwt/1 linotype). used fed std primers, 8.0 gr. blue dot in either 38 or 357 cases, fired in 6" ss gp100 ruger. a one inch load, most times, if i held up my end. about my favorite load in that gun. might be near a pressure max, but the result sure was worth it.

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    Boolit Master helice's Avatar
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    Aug 2008
    California. Where absurdity reigns and confusion makes it look good.
    I've got 2 LBTs at close to 180 grains, one pb and the other gas checked. That is about all I use in the 357. They work nicely in the Browning or the Winchester M-92s and the King Cobra had no trouble with it. Enjoyed your post. Keep writin'. I'm learnin'. Helice.

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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