Ideal .40 cal weight.

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Re: Ideal .40 cal weight.

Post by Plainbase » Thu Oct 05, 2017 12:02 pm

When starting out with my 16 twist (Badger) Browning BPCR I found the pointy Lyman to have excellent accuracy - at short ranges on calm days. When the winds got squirrely at 375 and 500 meters so did the groups. Switched to a 400 grain NASA II from Old West Bullet Molds and all was well. I ran extensive alloy tests with a Lyman Snover at 300 and found that 1 to 25 was much more accurate than 1 to 30 and that 1 to 20 was more accurate than 1 to 25. My match load is 53 grains of Swiss 1.5 using Federal LP Match primers with a tissue paper underpowder wad and a .060 overpowder fiber wad. Lube is SPG or White Lightning. Compression is essentially zero. Wiping is one slightly damp patch on a nylon brush with a quick bore mop drying of the chamber. With my 38-50 I use a 360 grain Paul Jones micro mini in 1 to 16 (long noses can slump at 1 to 20 causing flyers) and 51 grains of Swiss 1.5.

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Re: Ideal .40 cal weight.

Post by Kurt » Thu Oct 05, 2017 4:53 pm

Singleshot S.A. wroteCOLON
Fri Mar 24, 2017 6:21 pm
I would like to get myself a genuine tapered BS bullet sooner than later, but what weight.??
Is 400 grn about right ? Or a tad more, 400 - 425.
All suggestions appreciated, as usual. Thanks, SS S.A.
I would think more about the length and ogive profile then just the weight. You can have a 1.350" long bullet weigh more then a 1.460" just by the way the ogive is and for the 1/16 ROT barrel. There is a point where the bullet can get to long to stay stable at extended ranges. The long elliptical or "money" bullets get a little squirrely in a 1/16 ROT when the winds kick up.........Kurt
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Re: Ideal .40 cal weight.

Post by Singleshot S.A. » Thu Oct 05, 2017 5:19 pm

Thanks again guys,

Slowly slowly taking this in now.