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PostPosted: Wed Mar 12, 2008 11:16 pm    Post subject: Where can I get... Reply with quote

A rifle cartridge, whose mouth will fit over a .357-359 diameter bullet, with some to spare. .375 H& H comes to mind.

Why? I'll tell you why. Lousy groups and leading with my 357 magnum. I miked the supposedly bore +.001 sized bullets from a local caster, and my Hornady swaged SWCHPs... .355-.356... the same diameter as 3 brands of jacketed/plated bullets.

But, that is 9mm size! Mad No wonder some ammo shoots lousy in .38 caliber! It can't be doing anything good for accuracy!

The swaged Hornadys are really soft, so will probably obturate to fill the bore. But, as for the rest, I am going to dig out my casting equipment, buy what I need, and cast my own from now on. I have LOTs of lead to add to the wheelweight I have waiting.

Now, about the Rifle cartridge...I will cut the head off, and use it as to free cast bullets from the lube melted in a cake tin, before I size them. They used to call 'em "Kake Kutters" Try as I might, I can't find one that is manufactured today.

"Look Cake Cutter" up on da'Bay, and you get...you guessed it...Wedding Cake cutters, etc.) Confused

The diameter should slip over a .358 cast bullet, with some to spare, but not too much. sooo...it do need to be a tad large. Anybody have some old .375 H& H or similar neck size brass they will sell me a couple of ?

Or, if you are a really old bullet caster, and have a spare .38 size Kake Kutter you are not using, let me know how much you will sell it for.
I will give it a good home,
Promise! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 12, 2008 11:59 pm    Post subject: Re: Where can I get... Reply with quote

Will a fired .35 Rem, .358 Win or .35 Whelen work for that?

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 13, 2008 12:36 am    Post subject: Re: Where can I get... Reply with quote

Gidday Snipes....why not use a Lube Sizer mate? Much easier and much much less messier. If you don't want to size your projectiles then I would suggest using one of the spray on lubes...again, much easier and cleaner.

If you are hell bent on using the melted lube method, don't let me stop you, it works. I would consider visiting my local plumbing supplies store and see if they have a length of copper tube of the inner diameter you want and use that. As you "cut" each projectile out it will sit in the tube...go to the next one and "cut " it out; this will push the first one up, and so on till each time you cut one out, one will pop out the top. I have a purpose made tool here for doing exactly that, made of aluminium. Pics below.

Dimensions of the Cutter are:

3" long,
outer diameter 5/8",
cutter end inner diameter is approx 9mm, and
ejection end inner diameter is 7/16"

My mate turned it up on his lathe..a pretty easy job for someone who knows what they are doing. Unfortunately my mate is no longer around or I'd get him to make another for you. Hey, now there's a go....maybe Dimitri can do one for a bit of fun and practice. Very Happy

Another option is to purchase a mould that is a little oversize. Have a look at this link. He is an Australian mould manufacturer and his brass moulds are very good.

Cast Bullet Engineering

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 13, 2008 8:20 am    Post subject: Re: Where can I get... Reply with quote

Pumpkinslinger: Per my Speer manual, the calibers you mention all take .357-358 bullets, so they might work, if a bit tight. That's why I was thinking maybe 9.3mm, or .375. Just talked to a Lee tech, and he suggested .375 Winchester, or 38-55 case.

Hey, Vince: Your little gadget is exactly like I have been looking for, and cannot find anywhere. Used to be, Everybody made one, and in various sizes, too.

I know a lube sizer is a lot less work than my little Lee sizer, so maybe I can find a good used one, (Like I NEED an excuse to go to a gun show! Very Happy ) and go with a Lee melter. Should do well, for my needs.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 13, 2008 12:11 pm    Post subject: Re: Where can I get... Reply with quote

Cool Have you checked here? http//castboolits.gunloads.com/
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