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Lee Hollow Base Bullet Mold
« on: November 22, 2022, 03:51:02 PM »
Gentlemen,  Who here has used the Lee hollow base .45-70-405 bullet in a Trapdoor?  How did it work?  Was it worth the trouble?  I've had the mold for at least twenty five years, and finally figured out how to make it work today.
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Re: Lee Hollow Base Bullet Mold
« Reply #1 on: November 22, 2022, 04:48:39 PM »
All my trapdoors except for the H&R loved the thing.  Keep the hollowbase empty and seat the bullet on the powder, no wads.
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Re: Lee Hollow Base Bullet Mold
« Reply #2 on: November 22, 2022, 05:43:56 PM »
What did you size it to, or did you shoot it as cast?
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Re: Lee Hollow Base Bullet Mold
« Reply #3 on: November 22, 2022, 07:02:42 PM »
If it chambers unsized, i.e., if a dummy round loaded to the correct OAL will chamber, don't size it. 

When loaded with BP, my rifle loads are enough powder to give me ~1,300 fps with OAL ~2.80".   For shooting in a rifle, my carbine loads are ~2.42" with enough powder to get ~1150 fps; out to about 300 yards that matches up fairly well with the 1879-pattern sights on my rifle.  No wads.  Carbine loads are compressed by the bullet, rifle loads I'm using a compression die. 
 
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Re: Lee Hollow Base Bullet Mold
« Reply #4 on: November 22, 2022, 07:05:18 PM »
Pan lubed and unsized. 
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Re: Lee Hollow Base Bullet Mold
« Reply #5 on: November 22, 2022, 09:43:27 PM »
Have you guys ever used it with smokeless powder?
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Re: Lee Hollow Base Bullet Mold
« Reply #6 on: November 22, 2022, 11:08:14 PM »
I am just getting started working with it.  14.0 Unique gives about 1200fps in my Uberti trapdoor carbine.  Shoots OK, nothing special.

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Re: Lee Hollow Base Bullet Mold
« Reply #7 on: November 23, 2022, 06:17:26 PM »
I'm just not a fan of smokeless powder in the trapdoors; I can generally get better accuracy and more-consistent velocity with BP.  What shooting I've done with smokeless in original trapdoors leads me to think that I get better results with a precisely-fitted bullet cast out of whatever alloy (wheelweights, lino, etc) than with soft hollow-based bullets.  Based on recovered bullets, I am not convinced the bullet is consistently bumping up to bore size. 
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