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Oregon Trail Laser Cast Bullets

Has anyone used these bullets before?  If so, are they safe to load under jacketed bullet powder data?  I know lead cast bullets need to be loaded down, but I've heard these bullets can be loaded just as jacketed bullets becuase of the coating used.  Also, are they able to be used for hunting applications?  Thanks,

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I've not heard of these

I've not heard of these bullets, but I'd be cautious about the load until I found out more info.  There is an internet story going around with very graphic pictures about a guy whose muzzleloader's barrel burst.  The damage to his hand is horrible.

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I have been shooting them for

I have been shooting them for quite a while now in both my .44 magnums and .41 magnum.  They are quite hard and you can up the powder charges from regular lead rounds.  Just as a FYI it isn't a coating that gives them the hardness but the metal alloys that they use. 

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I know the signs of high

I know the signs of high pressure for brass, but how do you know when the load is getting too hot for the bullet?

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CVC wrote:

I know the signs of high pressure for brass, but how do you know when the load is getting too hot for the bullet?

 

I usually watch the forcing cone if shooting a revolver but how easy or hard it is to clean the barrel is good indicator.  If you have ever had to clean a heavely leaded barrel you would know what the problem is and where it came from. 

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What is the forcing cone? 

What is the forcing cone?  This is a new term for me.  I appreciate the response - thanks.

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Forcing Cone

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What is the forcing cone?  This is a new term for me.  I appreciate the response - thanks.

On a revolver you will have a gap between the cylinder and the barrel.  Most cylinders will not be in perfect alignment with the barrel so on that end of the barrel you will have a cone or a funnel type of structure before you engage the rifleings and the actually diamater of the bore.  Or what is commonly called the forceing cone.  You will only have it on a revolver because of the cylinder gap.  A semi automatic pistole the chamber is part of the barrel so you do not need one.

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Okay, gotcha.  it makes sense

Okay, gotcha.  it makes sense now with the term and your description.  Thanks for taking the time to answer my question.  This site is a great place to learn no matter how old or experienced you are.  Great experts willing to share makes this one of the best sites around.

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