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    Paper patch ?

    I got some cast bullets from a friend. They weigh around 210 grains and they are too big for .30 cal. They might have been from an 8mm cast mold. They measure around .330". I thought about paper patching and trying them in the .338 Federal on top of about 20 grains of 4198. I have never tried paper patching before. Is there an easy way to do it and would it be effective if I can keep the speed down under 1700 fps ?
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    many folks here can help but sure looks more like an art than a science.
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    Make sure you know the exact diameter of your barrel so you can figure out what diameter your cast bullet needs to be along with the paper thickness-----it has to match the groove diameter to be accurate.I played around with a 56 cal Sharps rifle using Pyrodex and paper patched bullets. I have not tried paper patch with smokwless but the combo of bullet diameter and paper thickness would be the same for sizing.
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    An .008" increase in diameter with a paper patch is perfect for a couple layers of 16# paper. According to Col. E. H. Harrison, (AR 3/77) 25% cotton Southworth Bond was the best available at that time.

    The length of your paper strip should be just a bit less than 2x the circumference of the bullet. The patch can be rectangular but a rhomboid is more traditional. It is also traditional to wrap the patch in the direction that will tend to be tightened by the rifling but again, this is not absolutely necessary.


    Cut the width of the patch to leave a ¾” ‘tail’ that gets a bit of a pinch when wet and a more vigorous twist when dry.

    Your bullet should not have any grease on it when wrapped.

    You can wet the patch with plain water, 7- up or very, very dilute Elmer’s glue. Dredge the patch in liquid and wrap snugly and set aside to dry.

    Twist the tails when dry and clip them with a side cutter or scissors.



    Grease the bullet with a few drops of Lee liquid Alox or apply some chassis grease after sizing.

    There is no velocity limitation. Paper patched bullets have been shot at speeds over 3000 fps.


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