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    Tenderfoot
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    source for .311 FN cast lead bullets??

    Can anyone suggest a manufacturer of 170 gn FN cast bullets with consistent diameter of .311? Preferably not cast overly hard as I'll be using them on whitetails at 1600fps and would like some bullet deformation upon entering the meat.

    FWIW, I'm trying to work up an accurate load for a 36 A I received for christmas. This gun doesn't group well with .308 jacketed bullets and I'm hoping the oversized lead bullets will engage the rifling better the the jacketed bullets.

    Best Regards,

    Marcel

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    Casting yourself isn't too hard. There are plenty of good molds.

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    Great site MT Mike!!

    Just what I was looking for.

    Thanks for the reply.

    Best regards,

    Marcel

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    Quote Originally Posted by maleemi View Post
    Can anyone suggest a manufacturer of 170 gn FN cast bullets with consistent diameter of .311? Preferably not cast overly hard as I'll be using them on whitetails at 1600fps and would like some bullet deformation upon entering the meat.

    FWIW, I'm trying to work up an accurate load for a 36 A I received for christmas. This gun doesn't group well with .308 jacketed bullets and I'm hoping the oversized lead bullets will engage the rifling better the the jacketed bullets.

    Best Regards,

    Marcel
    I hope this works out for you. One of my Marlins has the same problem and .311 cast bullets have really helped. Mine has a .3095 bore and a very loose chamber. A round loaded with a .308 jacketed bullet is not square with the bore and groups are really bad. My loads got even better when I changed the sizer on my Lyman M die. I can't find the part number but Lyman will know. It is from their 32-20 sizer. fits on the 30-30 tool and does a great job of opening the mouth to accept the .311 bullet and keeping it round and concentric. My last source of bullets has gone out of business. I plan to buy some Ranch Dog bullets from Carolina Bullets. They have them in .311 and I have heard very good things about the Ranch Dog Bullets.
    I have noticed that Beartooth has their 30 cal bullets sized out to .312 and .313. I have been tempted to try them bigger than .311. I figure the fattest bullet that will chamber is probably the best bet. If they won't chamber, I can size them down to .311. At least they will be a constant .311 if I resize them myself.


    Bob A


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