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Author Topic: Working up a new supply of hunting ammo  (Read 570 times)

Offline MichiganLouie

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Working up a new supply of hunting ammo
« on: September 07, 2016, 05:48:02 PM »
As you all should know by now, I have a Henry Big Boy Steel chambered for 45LC.  My intention is to use it for deer hunting, as the regs regarding the use of rifles in the southern Lower Peninsula of Michigan have changed.  Rifles chambered for straight wall cartridges, .35 cal or larger, with cases length between 1.16" and 1.8" can be used during the firearm deer season in the old shotgun zone only, now known as the limited firearm deer season.
I also cast my own bullets.  Last year, I tried some cast from a Lee 452-200 RF, which do a great job on woodchucks (I did miss one this year) and feed great through my 45acp Hipoint.  the issue is that basically I have a 50-75 yd rifle, due to the load I'm using.  I would like to use something that would have a bit more energy at a longer range.  (I know, I could have picked 44 mag, but I don't have anything else to shoot them in, while I have 3 firearms I can use the same bullet)  Looking at loading tables, and energy tables, by simply going to a heavier bullet, with a higher BC, I gain about 100 ft lbs of energy and I'm happy with that.  Having said all that, here is a pic of my new 255 gr bullets.  Same config as the 200 grainers, just a little longer.  The extra length shouldn't not affect feeding in my Henry, as the crimp groove is in the same location for both bullets.  Yes, the heavier bullet does intrude more into the case than the 200 grain bullet, but no deeper than my Lee 452-255 SWC.  I could use these, but the BC is a lot lower than the RF. 
I got 80 good bullets, which should be plenty for testing, sighting in, etc, and leave me plenty for hunting.  I pan lubed these last evening.
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Offline Madgomer

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Re: Working up a new supply of hunting ammo
« Reply #1 on: September 07, 2016, 06:58:39 PM »
Looks good Louie!  Any estimates on what muzzle velocity you'll be able to get with that?  What powder are you intending to use?
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Re: Working up a new supply of hunting ammo
« Reply #2 on: September 07, 2016, 07:31:49 PM »
Looks like you are headed in the right direction, get it dialed in and get on after them. Good luck to you.
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Offline MichiganLouie

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Re: Working up a new supply of hunting ammo
« Reply #3 on: September 08, 2016, 07:13:24 AM »
Roger, I have Unique, Red Dot, Bullseye and 2400 on hand.  Most likely I will be using Unique.  My Lyman Cast Bullet manual does not list the Lee 452-255 RF bullet, so I will have to use the listing for a Lyman bullet with the same weight and BC as the 255 RF.  Start at the low end, work my way up and watch pressure signs.  I can only assume that the fps will be a little higher than published, as the loads listed were fired from a 16" barrel, while my Henry has a 20" barrel. 
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Offline MI_Bowhunter

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Re: Working up a new supply of hunting ammo
« Reply #4 on: September 08, 2016, 09:16:08 AM »
Looking good Louie, I really should start working up some loads for my Contender.
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Offline Zos41

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Re: Working up a new supply of hunting ammo
« Reply #5 on: September 20, 2016, 07:36:19 AM »
Sounds good Louie, nice looking cast bullets
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