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It's Official - Bullets are Tumbling

Posted by Steve W. on Tuesday, 24 January 2012, at 8:43 a.m.

Well, it's official; all of the different weight Goex rounds are tumbling when fired from my Springfield. I finally got one on the target and it left the classic elongated hole...plus I know I'm a better shot than to miss the target that much at 50 yards. This is what I know so far... The muzzle opening is exactly 0.4505. I do not have access to bore gauge. I started to slug the gun using the "fishing sinker" method. After pounding and pounding, I had gotten the sinker to go in the muzzle about 1/16th of an inch. I'm looking at myself pounding a foreign object down the barrel of my 127 year old antique rifle, that I just spent a significant amount of money on, and that brought me to abrupt halt. I'm just not comfortable doing a slugging. The groves look good, without rounded edges and are clearly visible. There is practically no pitting in the bore. The surfaces are uniform throughout. The Goex 350gr round measures 0.447 where the lead meets the brass. So my questions are; what do I do next? Is the lead undersized? Is it too hard? Any assistance would be appreciated. -Steve W.


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