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Cast Bullets and Rifles.
Discussion regarding the reloading of ammunition and tuning of loads for accuracy
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PostPosted: Wed May 03, 2006 6:02 am    Post subject: Cast Bullets and Rifles. Reply with quote

Since there is a topic going on about cast bullets and pistols I wonder what your thoughts would be if you cast rifle bullets and put them through normal rifles ?? Confused

I'm talking calibers like the 30-06 or 8mm Mauser Smile Not mag's as I think it might be hard to find a powder which will filll the case and not cause really high velocitys. Smile

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PostPosted: Wed May 03, 2006 7:06 am    Post subject: Re: Cast Bullets and Rifles. Reply with quote

Dimitri wrote:
Since there is a topic going on about cast bullets and pistols I wonder what your thoughts would be if you cast rifle bullets and put them through normal rifles ?? Confused

I'm talking calibers like the 30-06 or 8mm Mauser Smile Not mag's as I think it might be hard to find a powder which will filll the case and not cause really high velocitys. Smile

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G'Day Dimitri. I do it all the time with my Mod 94 in 30.30 WIN. I cast 150gn FNGC from an RCBS mould. Because they are gas checked I drive them at normal rifle velocities without any problems.

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PostPosted: Wed May 03, 2006 7:08 am    Post subject: Re: Cast Bullets and Rifles. Reply with quote

Dimitri wrote:
Since there is a topic going on about cast bullets and pistols I wonder what your thoughts would be if you cast rifle bullets and put them through normal rifles ?? Confused

I'm talking calibers like the 30-06 or 8mm Mauser Smile Not mag's as I think it might be hard to find a powder which will filll the case and not cause really high velocitys. Smile

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G'Day Dimitri. I do it all the time with my Mod 94 in 30.30 WIN. I cast 150gn FNGC from an RCBS mould. Because they are gas checked I drive them at normal rifle velocities without any problems.

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PostPosted: Wed May 03, 2006 7:08 am    Post subject: Re: Cast Bullets and Rifles. Reply with quote

Vince,

Neat. Do you think it would be posible to use cast bullets in a 30-06 w/ gas checks though ?? Confused

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PostPosted: Wed May 03, 2006 7:14 am    Post subject: Re: Cast Bullets and Rifles. Reply with quote

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Neat. Do you think it would be posible to use cast bullets in a 30-06 w/ gas checks though ?? Confused

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No problems with casting them and is a gas checked design. The bullet I cast is a .308 so it is suitable as far as size is concerned.

Don't know how a cast bullet would go in a 30.06 though....they drive them pretty hard. Although I have sen cast bullets used in a .308.

Maybe there is someone out there who has had experience with cast bullets in the 30.06.

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PostPosted: Wed May 03, 2006 7:21 am    Post subject: Re: Cast Bullets and Rifles. Reply with quote

Vince,

Thanks for the tips Very Happy

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PostPosted: Wed May 03, 2006 3:09 pm    Post subject: Re: Cast Bullets and Rifles. Reply with quote

Great idea and I have been loading cast bullets in a .35 Remington, .444 Marlin, .30-06 and 8mm Mauser for years. I mix linotype with wheelweights and get a very hard bullet. The key is to avoid driving the bullets too fast. I have been impressed with the .444 Marlin. It is good and cheap shooting. All the best...
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PostPosted: Wed May 03, 2006 10:21 pm    Post subject: Re: Cast Bullets and Rifles. Reply with quote

I use hard cast GC bullets in the 270Win, 30-06 and 338WM for a lot of practice sessions as well as jackrabbit hunts. Good stuff, accurate and they only make the barrels better, sorta like lapping them with every shot.

My favorites rifle cast, however, is the 348 Winchester with 250gr cast. What a sweet shooting rifle.
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PostPosted: Tue May 09, 2006 7:13 pm    Post subject: Re: Cast Bullets and Rifles. Reply with quote

With a good hard cast , I can hit 2500 with the 375 H&H and 249 grain Lyman 375248 .. 32-40 uses 'em , great fun ..

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