Soft Lead Bullets-Is it advisable to load soft lead bullets in high power cartridges?
I have loaded my rifle cartridges for twenty years. I have used several makes of powder with leas bullets and I find it a failure. I would find lead in the barrel at every shot, so I used Ideal alloy which proved all right. I still reload my shells for 30-40 ’93 model. I use a 166 grain bullet, hardened with babbit, but not too hard. I use one-third babbit, one-third lead. I use Dr. Hudson’s make of bullets, which will be found in Ideal Hand Book, with wide grooves to hold lots of lubricant. Make a few bullets and try them on a target, wipe gun after every shot to see if any leading is done. If there is lead, your bullets are too soft or too large a charge of powder. Commence with a small charge of powder first, then increase until you are satisfied, but you will have to raise your back sight a little from where you use it when using factory ammunition.
You can make your own lubricant, one-half of each, pure Vaseline and beeswax. Melt together; dip your bullets when lubricant is hot. Take a cartridge that has been shot, cut the head off of shell, then push the bullet through. In this way you will fill the groove perfectly, when bullets are of the right hardness. Then when you mould again, take one of the first bullets and on your last mould, cross them in a vice or pliers and squeeze. You can tell by the dent which is the hardest. I find the Shutzen powder is the best to reload with.
Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913
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