Weighing cast bullets??

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Weighing cast bullets??

Post by toconnel50 on Fri Jan 18, 2013 9:49 pm

How much deviation do most reloaders accept when weighing their cast bullets???

Is 1 grain groups fine or one half grain??? How pickey does one go???

I'm casting at 12.9 or 13 BN, and my H&G 68 bullets are coming out between 201.5 and 205.....How picky do I get???

Thanks Tommy

PS I don't want to become nuerotic about this, or am I already???

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Re: Weighing cast bullets??

Post by davekp on Sat Jan 19, 2013 8:15 am

I measured 25 each of my own cast, Magnus swaged, and some from a local commercial caster. The standard deviations for mine was .778gr, for the swaged .317gr and for the commercial cast 1.018gr. I'd stay within +/- one standard deviation for 50 yds, and not worry about the short line.

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Post by DavidR on Sat Jan 19, 2013 11:01 am

I only weigh for the long line and do so in 2 grain margins, once i get a average weight for the lot im weighing. The 160 vallants i weigh have a average of 164 gr, so 163-165 everything else goes in the 25 yd box unless they are less than 161, those could have voids so they hit the practice box.

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Post by Dave C. on Sat Jan 19, 2013 12:16 pm

I don't weigh them. I have found that most defects can be found by a visual check.

But if it makes you feel warm and fuzzy, wiegh them. Or shoot jacketed.

If they go where you call them what more do you need?

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Post by Colt711 on Sat Jan 19, 2013 8:36 pm

Dave C. wrote:I don't weigh them. I have found that most defects can be found by a visual check.

If they go where you call them what more do you need?

Dave C.

I agree. Over the yrs I have done a lot of the "tricks" heard on the range. I have weighed a lot of bullets. I have used the 165 H&G 242s and later the commercial casters duplicate @ 160 gr. The bases must be flat and the bullet should be filled out.

One thing to remember; if you try something such as weighing, you may be stuck with it forever, a little like the hitter who goes thru a crazy routine before every pitch when at bat.

Any time used in weighing should be spent at the range shooting, or at least dry firing.

Ron

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Post by toconnel50 on Sun Jan 20, 2013 1:08 pm

Thank You Gentlemen....

My Wife will be relieved to know that she doesn't have to be soooo picky....

Thanks Again Tommy

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Post by Colt711 on Sun Jan 20, 2013 1:27 pm

toconnel50 wrote:Thank You Gentlemen....

My Wife will be relieved to know that she doesn't have to be soooo picky....

Thanks Again Tommy

Tommy!

You are welcome! Always glad to help another shooter out!

In fact send an address and I'll be glad to provide detailed instructions improving her reloading skills to improve your scores. As a bonus, I'll include instructions as to excersizes so carrying your equipment to & from the line won't be so burdensome.

While I can't speak for Dave C, why don't you copy him the address so he can chip in w/ advice for her?

Ron


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