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    Homebrew 30 cal paper patch mould

    Thanks to the generosity of member chboats, I received a Lee 7mm mould this weekend for the purposes of making it into a Frankenmould to make 30 cal paper patched boolits.

    I carefully leveled and aligned the mould in my drill press and bored out the cavities with successively larger bits until I stopped with an 'N' bit. The end result is a mould that throws smooth cylinders at around 0.303. As you can see, one is drilled a little deeper than the other, making it easy to see which cavity each boolit came from. That wasn't intentional, but I've decided to be an optimist and think of it as a feature and not a bug!

    So what I have now is a mould that makes a strange wadcutter/round nose hybrid projectile for paper patching. These are cast from pure lead and I haven't run them through the sizer yet. Boy I hope they shoot well!

    A range report will follow as soon as possible.





    Last edited by Elkins45; 05-03-2010 at 11:47 PM.

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    You gotta run the mold a little hotter.
    I am looking forward to results.

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    Quote Originally Posted by docone31 View Post
    You gotta run the mold a little hotter.
    I am looking forward to results.
    The bare ones in the picture were warmers. I wrapped all the good ones.

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    I use standard 30cal moulds and size the bullets .3015. Patch up with 16# printer paper, lube, size .310, load and shoot. Lots of 30cal moulds out there to choose from.
    45 AUTO! Because having to shoot someone twice is just silly!

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    Update on this project, in case anyone cares:

    http://castboolits.gunloads.com/showthread.php?t=84659

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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
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
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