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    38-55 reloading data from the RCBS Cast Bullet Manual


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    Re: 38-55 reloading data from the RCBS Cast Bullet Manual

    Is there a question that goes with this or is this FYI? It's good info. How much is the manual?

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    Re: 38-55 reloading data from the RCBS Cast Bullet Manual

    In a previous post there was a question about load data for SR4759. I ran across it in this manual and figured I'd share it.
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    Re: 38-55 reloading data from the RCBS Cast Bullet Manual

    I found I need not to look any farther than the Unique loading data.

    My 38-55 likes 9gns of it and is very accurate with that loading with plain base.
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    Re: 38-55 reloading data from the RCBS Cast Bullet Manual

    Quote Originally Posted by swany
    I found I need not to look any farther than the Unique loading data.

    My 38-55 likes 9gns of it and is very accurate with that loading with plain base.
    +1. I use the same load for my daughters 1906 38-55 though with a GC model since that's the only mould I have.

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    Re: 38-55 reloading data from the RCBS Cast Bullet Manual

    Quote Originally Posted by swany
    I found I need not to look any farther than the Unique loading data.

    My 38-55 likes 9gns of it and is very accurate with that loading with plain base.
    I just got a 38-55. May I ask what weight/style bullet you use? Also, what diameter bullet do the Marlin barrels generally like?

    Thanks!

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    Re: 38-55 reloading data from the RCBS Cast Bullet Manual

    I will certainly give Unique a try.

    I'm also interested in developing a load for hunting and silhouette. I figure if I can get it going accurately in the 1500 fps range I'll have enough adjustment in my rear sight elevator to reach the 200 yard rams. I feel pretty confident that with a good bullet that speed would work fine on anything I'd need to shoot around here.
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    Re: 38-55 reloading data from the RCBS Cast Bullet Manual

    The bullet is a .379 bevel base. 245 gn I get them through a local dealer from these folks.
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    Re: 38-55 reloading data from the RCBS Cast Bullet Manual

    Good evening
    My 1907 Marlin has a .381+ chamber area. So I cast and size to .382 with WW. This is a standard 255 grain Lyman that is opened up with valve grinding compound to cast Fatter bullets.
    Most barrels I have handled and measured are always smaller diameter than the chamber area so it generally is more important to get a good measurement of the chamber. After you have that slug if it is to FAT for the barrel mouth that barrel should shoot unless you have a bulge or other barrel problems like DEEP pits, no rifling...
    10 grains of Unique is a good load. I also dabble with 5744. A near case full of 3F (down about 1/8 of an inch) with the same cast bullet is a fun to shoot BOOMER. Other shooters down wind do not see the humor though nor their target until the cloud moves past.
    Mike in Peru God Bless you.

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    Re: 38-55 reloading data from the RCBS Cast Bullet Manual

    Hello Missionary 5515,
    How do you open up that Lyman mould with the valve grinding compound? Is that the Lyman #375248 ? What do you actually do? How do you know when to quit opening it up?
    Thanks.
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