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I'm going to order a bullet mold from LEE,
Do not know which one is suitable for a tube mag.
i'd like a 170 or 150 grainer.
Anybody have any suggestions. I do not want to blow up my gun,..and gas check is OK..in fact,..I'm sort of planning on needing gas checks...Since..in a pinch...it could double in my 30-06.

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Anybody with any suggestions please chime in.
I can't afford any of the more deluxe ones than Lee right now,..so please stay with lee.
 

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The traditional choice for lever guns has a very blunt round nose or flat nose. Have you looked for a used Lyman 311041 ? Most suitable bullets copy that one. One of the things you want to know is the as cast diameter. Marlins that have micro-groove rifling will tend to want a ''fat'' bullet. If you can find one at .311 it will serve in almost every barrel that is nominally .30.
 

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I've had very good results from the Lee C309-150-F. I size at .311 diameter for best results in my rifle that slugs at .3085.
 

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Have try looking in to http://www.ranchdogoutdoors.com/ there is a good sale going on. I have one myself but I haven't use it yet. I did use the R.D. 444 265gr. though. Good molds and you don't have to spend a fortune on the lube and sizing dies or even a sizing/lube press.

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I have the Lee C309-150-F which is accurate in most of the guns I've tried it in. I shoot a lot of 30-30 so prefer to use a 6-cavity mold and jumped on the RD TLC311-165-RF when it came out. But the Lee will work fine, its just slower going.
 

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Mine is microgoove.
I almost forgot. I guess it's going to be imperative that my molds drop booolits at least .310 or .311 to start. And then i have to come up with an acceptable sizer.

I guess the next thing I'm going to have to do is slug my barrel.
 

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I now have a question. I'm sure it's been asked before, but I've never read an answer to it. And I'd like to know the answer because it probably applies to all 3 calibers I shoot.

IF you use a gas checked bullet,...does the diameter matter??? I realize that a larger diameter makes a better seal, but, if using gas checks....are you always going to be at least as good as jacketed?????
 

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Yes, diameter always matters and it matters a lot. Gas checks make higher velocities easier, but they do not make cast into jacketed.
 
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