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    Help with black powder rifle

    Hi can anyone help, I have a black powder muzzle loading rifle which has been built by a Canadian police armourer, problem is that it has been built using a .308 inch barrel from a 30/30 rifle ,my problem is I have no bullet mould to use with this rifle and Iím having trouble finding anyone that can give me information on what mould I could use as this is not common as a black powder calibre , yes I did know I would have trouble when I brought the rifle but it was such a great little rifle I thought I would give it a go, any help or advice would be great

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    I looked at it several times but the caliber put me off. I like barrels I can poke my finger down.I will look in some BP loading books for a mould.
    Velocity is thrilling,but diameter does the real killing.

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    Yes my other black powder rifles are 58cal and the barrel of this one looks so small but it’s such a nice little rifle I thought I would give it a crack, thanks for help

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    Just get a projectile close and size it, And use a patch to fit to barrel. Upper Hutt gun shop would be the guy to talk to. Slug the barrel to get accurate measurements.
    Boom, cough,cough,cough

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    cheers

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    Take it your shooting ball?
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    At this stage im looking at anything that may work it has been suggested to try buckshot ball with patch

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    It will bump up to fit when fired, problem will be residue in the barrel after a few shots
    Boom, cough,cough,cough

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    I'd follow Maca's advice, he knows his stuff.

    A slug in .301 PP'd up to .308/.309 works great in my 308win with smokeless, might be a place to start.

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    Cheers for that any idea where i could get a mold of that size

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    That's were it gets interesting. For smokeless PP the rule of thumb is bullet should be about .001 over bore and PP about .001 over groove. A custom mold would be ideal but I've just been using a Lee C312-185-1R as it throws a .301 nose and used a lathe to take the ribs down to size. A .301 sizer may also work but that would probably need to be custom too.

    Slugging the barrel would be good before investing in molds etc. Firing a couple of 30 cal casts through may reveal a few things too.

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    Cheers

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    Try to get a Lyman mould cheap as chips, email or ring Upper Hutt as found him really helpful
    Boom, cough,cough,cough

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    Sorry make that a Lee mould, a Minnie would be good but think that cal maybe a little small. Easy mould to make if you have a good machist or the equipment.
    Boom, cough,cough,cough

 

 

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