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Re: 1884 trapdoor accuracy

Posted by Ernie Brandt on Friday, 20 November 2009, at 5:04 p.m., in response to Re: 1884 trapdoor accuracy, posted by Steve Applegate on Friday, 20 November 2009, at 11:40 a.m.


I think the .457 bullet will "rattle" down the bore of a TD. This will affect the accuracy of the rifle.

I shoot only lubed cast bullets in .458--.459. I do not cast my own. I buy all my bullets from a couple of guys I trust. Hodgden's also sells cast bullets.

As I said, you want to compress the C-O-W over the powder. No patching is necessary. Using Smokeless powder actually makes it unnecessary to use fillers. Get ahold of some cast bullets in the 300-330 grain range & give them a try. You can push a smaller bullet at higher velocities under lower pressure. Try to stay under the 25,000 lb cup in a TD.

If you do cast your own the hollow base bullets work just fine sealing the grooves.


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