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Re: It's Official - Bullets are Tumbling

Posted by Ken Smith on Tuesday, 24 January 2012, at 10:56 a.m., in response to It's Official - Bullets are Tumbling, posted by Steve W. on Tuesday, 24 January 2012, at 8:43 a.m.

Hi Steve, Yes, your bullets could be undersized, and the alloy too hard. What style of bullet are you casting or otherwise using in your rifle? Your bullets need to be cast of 20-1 or 30-1 lead/tin only, and of course, properly sized and lubed. Like "Frontier West", I too size my bulets to .459. I use the Rapine #460500 mold to cast the 500 grain Government bullet. Never once have I experienced any unstable bullets with this mold. If you are unsure of the alloy of your lead, get rid of it and purchase ingots of known lead/tin compositions. I use 20-1 myself. I think the problem lies with the bullet. My suggestion is to purchase a mold which casts a bullet of the original styles intended for these rifles, cast of the proper lead/tin alloy, purchase a .459 sizing die for your lubersizer, and lube them with a quality black powder bullet lube. Stick with a full 70 grain compressed black powder charge, and try magnum priming. I think your bullets will be hitting point foremost. Good luck to you Steve, and let us know what your outcome is. Regards, Ken


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