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RELOADING RIFLE SHELLS—I have recently purchased a .32- 20 New Model Marlin rifle, and desire to reload the shells with the lightest practical load for short range shooting. I find by catalogue that a round ball and three grains of smokeless powder would be the lightest load. The next would be a 75 grain bullet (No. 31114 in the Ideal Handbook), but as the regular factory bullet weighs only 100 grains, there would hardly be difference enough to pay to reload them unless they could be loaded with a much reduced charge of powder. It is a question in my mind whether a round ball would be a good thing for the rifling. I am afraid it would lead the barrel because of the small bearing. What do you advise?

In reply to this the Marlin Fire. arms Co., New Haven, Conn., say that the round ball is only for very short range work and cannot be used with much powder, but do not think there will be any trouble with leading of the barrel if the cartridge is loaded with three grains of DuPont’s No. 1 rifle smokeless, as advised in the Ideal Handbook.

But the round bullet allows of the use of a very light charge only, and it is probable that a light conical bullet would be more satisfactory as it could be used with very light charges, or somewhat heavier ones, as desired. The Marlin people recommend their bullet No. 308252, which is intended for the Colt Automatic Pistol. It weighs 77 grains as cast, but the Marlin people can furnish the mould with a cut off at the point, to make the point flat like on the regular bullet and lighten it. We have sent you a sample of this bullet without the cutoff point, and a regular factory bullet, which were sent to us by the Marlin Firearms Co. They think this bullet better than the 75 grain, No. 31114, and advise that they have obtained very good results from this bullet and two grains weight of DuPont’s Bullseye powder. No doubt a load of from three to five grains of DuPont’s No. 1 would also be very satisfactory though they did not advise this. The full factory load is nine grains of the No. 1 rifle powder. The price of the mould with cut off is $2.00, Special List. As to whether it will pay to reload; the Marlin people have prepared a circular entitled “Is Reloading Worth While?” which they send to anybody who asks for it, and we are sure that if you read this over you will be convinced that it pays. For their illustration they have selected the .32-40 cartridge and show the saving effected by reloading with each of the loads in which this cartridge is furnished. They are also now making hand cast bullets of all the sizes illustrated in the Ideal Handbook for those who do not care to mould their own bullets, and will send their price list on request.

Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.

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