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PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2012 1:25 am 
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Could not make up my mind so I ordered both a .308 and 30-06 barrel :lol:
Will have them this Thursday :D

Question: Why is a shorter neck cartridge an issue with cast bullets ?

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 09, 2012 6:34 pm 
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because cast bullets tend to be longer than jacketed bullets


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 02, 2013 10:24 pm 
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Hands-down .308. It is inherently more accurate with all bullets.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2013 10:19 pm 
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Regardless of the caliber you go with, even with a new barrel, check the size. Slug the barrel and get a true measurement. Always good to go .001 - .002 over the size of barrel.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2013 9:55 pm 
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Not so Grandmaster57!!
I cast and shoot a 47 grain .223 bullet almost every week.
Any caliber is good for use as a cast bullet shooter.
The rules are
(1 )Slug the bore and shoot a bullet 1-2 thousanths over groove size!!
That is the most important part of cast shooting
(2)GET A CAST BULLET LOADING MANUAL ( yes I know I was shouting but it is that important)
Lyman makes one and it is good and an older copy is even better!!
(3)There a lot of extra tools involved with shooting cast but buy them only as you need them!!
(4) and last go to a cast bullet website (like cast boolits. gunloads.com and read all the stickies and ask a thousand questions.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2013 7:51 pm 
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If you go back with the original 8 x 57 you will not have any feeding problems. Mausers are somewhat sensitive to changing the lenght of cartridge. And have been known to need interior modifications to feed the new rounds correctly. Since you are set up for 30-06 that would be a logical choice if there are no feeding issues with the longer round. And don't forget about the magazine length...if you have to deep seat the bullet in the 30-06 to fit into the existing magazine, now you got another problem.

Now that I think about it...make that new barrel an 8 x 57, you know it will work.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 15, 2013 6:41 pm 
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old geezer wrote:
Not so Grandmaster57!!
I cast and shoot a 47 grain .223 bullet almost every week.
Any caliber is good for use as a cast bullet shooter.
The rules are
(1 )Slug the bore and shoot a bullet 1-2 thousanths over groove size!!
That is the most important part of cast shooting
(2)GET A CAST BULLET LOADING MANUAL ( yes I know I was shouting but it is that important)
Lyman makes one and it is good and an older copy is even better!!
(3)There a lot of extra tools involved with shooting cast but buy them only as you need them!!
(4) and last go to a cast bullet website (like cast boolits. gunloads.com and read all the stickies and ask a thousand questions.

old geezer



When I agreed with the other guy that stated short neck cartridges can be problematic I meant it !
For one reason it can be true with reloaders NEW to reloading with cast bullets.
I teach reloading and have for several years and I see it all the time. Once a guy has loaded a bunch of cast bullets this may change.
I shoot 8K to 10k rds each year and the majority are cast handgun loads but at least 2000 are rifle loads such as .223, 7.62x54R, .303,45/70, & 8x57. I have no problems but I have reloaded over 40 years.


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 16, 2013 12:15 am 
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Well I went with the 06
However did not shoot any cast it.
Sighted it in with Jacketed bullets and then traded it off.
Picked up an M39 and it shoots cast awesome :thumb:

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