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    Cast Perf. Bullets Nice

    Just got some bullets for 500 Linebaugh. Had to order them as none to be found in the stores. I was very pleased when I looked at them. These are 435 grn cast lead bullets .511 diameter with gas checks. They are hardened for use on big game pistol loads. I'm wondering if I should put a layer of Lee Alox lube on them. They are supposed to have a clear dry lube coating but it is not apparent. Now I have to find a load using H110 or Win 296 for this weight. From "Cast Performance Bullets"

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    I tried the 'clear dry coated' bullets from Speer in .44 Mag and .45 Colt, and they leaded my barrels, so I had to Lee Alox coat them. Of course, the Speers didn't have a gas check. Lee Alox is pretty pungent, had to work out in the garage, and let the coating dry out there for two days. Wear rubber gloves.
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    FWIW, I use the 405-grain bullet (with gas check) from Cast Performance in my Marlin 1895. I drive them at 1,800 FPS with no leading. If I do my part, I can get 1.5” groups at 100 yards.
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    The Cast Performance bullets are good to go right out of the box. Excellent velocity, accuracy and no leading with the gas checked ones I have used.
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    I've used the 330 grain Cast Performance in the .45 Colt loaded to 1250 fps. I can't remember if they had a visible lube or not, but I never had any leading. Hard lead and a gas check prevents that.

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    Sandog---Nice Bisley Ruger !! Your load seems hot for a 45LC----I own a few Bisley's in 45LC with 7.5in and 5.5in barrel lengths. I was concerned about the thin walls between cylinder holes (due to having 6 holes) so I don't push my 45LC loads. My Linebaugh and Casull only have 5 hole cylinders so the meat between holes is much thicker.
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    I’ve run quite a few of their 396 grain, through my 460 S&W at near max velocities, with no apparent leading. Will soon be using my own 400’s, powder coated.....hopefully they work well also! memtb
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cowboy23* View Post
    Sandog---Nice Bisley Ruger !! Your load seems hot for a 45LC----I own a few Bisley's in 45LC with 7.5in and 5.5in barrel lengths. I was concerned about the thin walls between cylinder holes (due to having 6 holes) so I don't push my 45LC loads. My Linebaugh and Casull only have 5 hole cylinders so the meat between holes is much thicker.
    My load was a grain lighter than max with W-W 296. Seemed just as accurate as the max load. Don't have my load book handy but I seem to remember it was 21.0 grains.

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    Just to throw in a tip ... something I've developed quite a habit of: I use the Lee Liquid Alox, cut with mineral spirits, on every commercial cast bullet I use. I use 2-3 parts mineral spirits with 1 part LLA and gently tumble lube. The mineral spirits definitely help distribute a smooth, clean layer of LLA, and dries to a nice finish pretty fast. Just stand them up at attention on wax paper and let 'em cure.

    I do have a tendency to wipe the lube off the bullet nose before running it through the seating die though.


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    The only bullets I ever had leading problems with were Speer 45cal fired out of a m25-5 S&W at 800fps. It was like a Elmer Fudd cartoon. By 18rds lead was working its way out of the muzzle. By shot 7 or 8 accuracy was in the tank.I think all Speer and Hornady lead bullets are swaged not cast. I cast my own bullets for handgun and LV rifles. I can cast 45/70 bullets hard that will not lead as fast as you can push them. Same with handgun bullets. I usually cast soft as possible for target loads in handguns. These run under 1000fps and most 700-800. Bullets of straight Wheel Wieghts with 5% of tin added are good for 2000fps with standard lube.
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