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Re: proper bullet for 73 carbine(For Brian)

Posted by Ken Smith on Monday, 9 July 2012, at 1:35 p.m., in response to proper bullet for 73 carbine, posted by brian jones on Monday, 9 July 2012, at 11:43 a.m.

Hi Brian, I presume you do not cast your own bullets. I imagine you will be just fine with the 405 grain bullet you describe, being it is hollow based. Dick is correct in suggesting that a bullet be sized to your bore. This is especially true if the bore is in questionable condition. I have been casting 500 grain bullets for my M-1884 rifles, and sizing them at .459, using a 20-1 lead/tin alloy. The bullets drop from the mold at a hair over .460. I use either Swiss or Goex FFg black powder, and have very good luck. I believe the commercial bullets you mention are 20-1, and lubed with SPG. As long as you have a good, crisp bore on your carbine, I think you will do just fine. I would recommend using black powder, although light smokeless loads may be used. Just be careful with smokeless loads, and certainly DO NOT shoot any hot loads. Good luck and good shooting. Regards, Ken


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