Barrel Slug Diameters

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Re: Barrel Slug Diameters

Postby Tazman1602 » 09 Nov 2012 16

GAS CHECK! That's a GREAT IDEA!!

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Re: Barrel Slug Diameters

Postby Rooster59 » 09 Nov 2012 23

Could a person use a muzzleloader ramrod? I have an aftermarket brass muzzleloader ramrod I used to seat 485gr .50cal lead slugs during my brief smoke pole career. I still have the tip used to push the bullet and not deform the nose.

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Re: Barrel Slug Diameters

Postby MT Gianni » 11 Nov 2012 21

A lot would depend on caliber. I would not like to see a ramrod split and I have broken a few off muzzeloading. It might work well but it might not either. It is just something I have never tried. Never mind I just read brass rod. I have always used hickory.
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Re: Barrel Slug Diameters

Postby Rooster59 » 21 Nov 2012 07

So how do I make sure I have pure lead sinkers? I picked up a bag of sinkers at WalMart made by Water Gremlin. They have a lead warning on the package but don't state anywhere that it is pure lead. What brand are you using?

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Re: Barrel Slug Diameters

Postby Ranch Dog » 21 Nov 2012 07

Without a statement of "pure lead" or without a BHN tester, it is an unknown. It is a good sign that the lead warning is on the package. Personally, I think you are good to go.
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Re: Barrel Slug Diameters

Postby Rooster59 » 21 Nov 2012 07

Thanks RD. I couldn't sleep this morning so I pulled out my .45-70 Marlin and just tapped lightly a couple times on the sinker with a small hammer. The end of the sinker was flattening out pretty quickly and created a driving band like ring on the sinker where it meets the bore. It looks pretty soft. My thumbnail makes an impression easily. I can't do that on my cast bullets.

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Re: Barrel Slug Diameters

Postby Ranch Dog » 21 Nov 2012 07

Rooster59 wrote:Thanks RD. I couldn't sleep this morning so I pulled out my .45-70 Marlin and just tapped lightly a couple times on the sinker with a small hammer. The end of the sinker was flattening out pretty quickly and created a driving band like ring on the sinker where it meets the bore. It looks pretty soft. My thumbnail makes an impression easily. I can't do that on my cast bullets.


Good work, that is using the nog'in!
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Re: Barrel Slug Diameters

Postby MT Gianni » 21 Nov 2012 19

My 357 bought within the last month slugged @ .3555". It went with only hand pressure when started then pushed through with one tap just above the chamber. There may be some throat constriction but not much. I am still too busy to do a cerrosafe chamber cast but will if it doesn't shoot to my satisfaction.
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Re: Barrel Slug Diameters

Postby Ranch Dog » 30 Dec 2012 20

Just measured my RG3030 and added it to the list in the opening post. It is at the exact SAAMI spec .3000/.3080. Will get the 454 Casull done in a day or two and add it.
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Re: Barrel Slug Diameters

Postby joec » 31 Dec 2012 09

Ranch Dog wrote:Just measured my RG3030 and added it to the list in the opening post. It is at the exact SAAMI spec .3000/.3080. Will get the 454 Casull done in a day or two and add it.


I have a quick question RD in regards to the 45-70 Government. If the Rossi Rio Grande 45-70 barrel slug size - .4500/.4570 how should a bullet at .459 work or should it be taken down to .458 using those numbers?
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