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Thread: lee 224 mold in 22 lr

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    lee 224 mold in 22 lr

    anyone use the 55 gr for a 22 lr?
    if so, do u need to size it?

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    Does Lee make a mould for a heeled bullet?
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    Sharp Shooter is the only one, I know of, that makes a mold for 22LR bullets. Their mold is 2 cavity, one is 25gr the other is 38gr. I don't think there is enough case capacity to load a 55 gr bullet.
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    Out of curiosity, how did you reprime the case?
    What did you use to reprime it with?

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    or should I ask

    Quote Originally Posted by dombra View Post
    anyone use the 55 gr for a 22 lr?
    if so, do u need to size it?
    can the 22lr use the same 224?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dombra View Post
    can the 22lr use the same 224?
    I don't think so.

    Here is instructions that come with sharp shooter mold kit.
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    22LR is .223 in diameter, .22 mag and up is .224.
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    .22 LR commercial bullets are often .224, and I've found some that are .225. Accuracy is somewhat dependent on how well the bullet fits the chamber throat. A dozen years or so ago I conducted an experiment where I swaged assembled Thunderbolt ammo up to .2250 to make it better fit the cavernous throat of a stock Ruger 10/22. Just that alone cut group size down by 25%. Remember that it's throat fit that determines cast bullet size, not groove diameter. Opposite of the rule for metal jacketed.

    I want to ask the O.P. : are you breech seating the bullet or trying to load fixed ammo?

    And 55 grains bullets probably won't stabilize in the typical 16 inch twist .22 rimfire barrel. We know that that 60 grain stuff that Aguila put out certainly didn't.
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    Check out Old West Bullet molds. He has heal molds for all kinds of old cartridges. Dies too. I am not sure about the 22rf. It is worth a check.
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