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    Lee 38-55 bullet mold

    I am considering getting a 38-55 rebore by JES. I see that his 38-55 rebores are to .375. I intend to shoot only cast bullets through it. For those of you that have the Lee 379-250-RF two cavity mold, What size do the bullets drop out at? I know they are supposed to drop at .379 but Lee molds can be 1 or 2 thousanths off one way or the other. I plan on sizing them to .277 to shoot out of a .375 bore, using strait WW, or a 50/50 mix of WW and Lino.

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    Re: Lee 38-55 bullet mold

    That is a good question. If I ever get time I have the same plans. I can chamber a .379 bullet as long as I use the FCD. But I haven't had time to cast any yet.

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    Re: Lee 38-55 bullet mold

    I'm sure y'all mean .377 not .277. That might rattle a little bit . When Jesse did mine, I requested and he cut it to .376 groove and, if I recall correctly, he can bore it larger if you want. I have been well pleasd with the results and have used BTBs with success as well as the Hornady 220 JFP. I have loaded and fired some .379 cast bullets in it and they functioned fine using Winchester (thinner) brass.
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    Re: Lee 38-55 bullet mold

    Bob I have read on various forums that their Lee mold throws a .379" boolit but mine is .381"...Which i sok by me as none of my 38-55's that I have measured have a groove smaller than .380".. I wish my Lee Mold was .382"-383"....AND that I could chamber them in my 38-55CB and H&R Target...

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    Re: Lee 38-55 bullet mold

    Mine drops at .381" as well. Since my bore is ~.379", I just skim size the bullets after they are cast.

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    Re: Lee 38-55 bullet mold

    Quote Originally Posted by johnly
    Mine drops at .381" as well. Since my bore is ~.379", I just skim size the bullets after they are cast.

    John
    Thats what I was afraid of. I settled this by purchasing a model 336 in 32 special

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    Re: Lee 38-55 bullet mold

    I am looking into a mould for a .380 bore rifle, as well. Does this bullet shoot well? I am wanting it for cowboy silhouette games, shooting to 200meter ranges, and need to be able to take down rams. Anyone have advice?
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    Rod

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    Re: Lee 38-55 bullet mold

    My Jes rebore is .375 groove and the chamber will not take a bullet larger than .377. I would like to know the as cast size of the Lee mould also so look forward to someone posting on this.
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    Re: Lee 38-55 bullet mold

    Quote Originally Posted by guzziac
    My Jes rebore is .375 groove and the chamber will not take a bullet larger than .377. I would like to know the as cast size of the Lee mould also so look forward to someone posting on this.
    Guzziac,
    Richard P.
    What kind of brass are you using? Mine will take a .379 with starline but it is tight.

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    Re: Lee 38-55 bullet mold

    Useing Winchester. I have had the brass for a good many years. If I ran a .379 into the chamber I would either have to shoot it to get it out or hammer it out with a rod. Maybe my neck thickness is more than most? I wish it would take .379 and then I could size all my bullets to.379. As it is I have to size the ones for the 38-55 Cowboy large, and those for the rebore smaller to.377. The good news is they both shoot well and have good bores.
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