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    Posted: January 30 2023 at 12:51pm
I usually make 174 grain bullets, but I decided to instead, make some heavier bullets this time around. This is what happens when I injure the hand that normally holds a bullet mold.😳

200 grain, .312” bonded core. Jackets are made from drawn down 5.56 casings.


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That’s pretty cool.  How do they shoot? 
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Those are very "high quality" looking projectiles! Well done!
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Originally posted by britrifles britrifles wrote:

That’s pretty cool.  How do they shoot? 

I have not tested them yet in the 303s.

When I started swaging 303 bullets years back, I first made some 180 grain flat points though. They shot well.


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That looks like great results, just over 1 MOA.   I assume you were using a scope, that is a very small aiming mark for irons! 

I might need to get into this, the price of bullets is gone nuts.  Availability still not very good.  

Does the brass jacket work as good as gilding metal (which is mostly copper), particularly any issues with barrel fouling? 


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Originally posted by britrifles britrifles wrote:

That looks like great results, just over 1 MOA.   I assume you were using a scope, that is a very small aiming mark for irons! 

I might need to get into this, the price of bullets is gone nuts.  Availability still not very good.  

Does the brass jacket work as good as gilding metal (which is mostly copper), particularly any issues with barrel fouling? 



Yes, shot with optics out of an almost new rifle.

The bad news is that the dies cost me over 1,800 USD about 7 years ago. I would be afraid to know the price now.

Because the brass is annealed before the final draw to .312”, there is some fouling, which is worse in a barrel that still has some roughness on the lands due to machining.
It is getting better as the barrel breaks in, but I still de-copper every 50 or so shots to keep accuracy optimum.

Also I figured out the time investment, and including cutting the casings on a mini lathe, annealing, cleaning and drawing the casings four times to make the jackets, casting lead cores, bonding to the jackets and then forming the points, I have 6+ hours of pulling the handle on the swage press for every 100 bullets. That is not counting the 8+ hours involved in the annealing and cleaning cycles.

I finally hand weigh to +/- .1 grain per batch and run through a sizer multiple times to ensure concentricity.

It can only be described as a labour of love.
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On second thought, I already spend too much time reloading without having to make jacketed bullets.   I do make my own cast bullets for the Snider, Martini and Trapdoor Springfield, but casting for the low volumes in these calibers is not too bad. 

Still, a very interesting skill to have, particularly should .311/.312 jacketed bullets become impossible to find.  


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