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Doc Holloman:
A head’s up for those of you that shoot .38-40 rifle for Wild Bunch.   I recently ordered a batch of .40 caliber 180gr coated bullets from a well known manufacturer.  Since 180gr is the minimum for WB rifle, I routinely weigh each bullet before loading.  Usually I get  20 percent that are underweight ( I set a minimum of 181gr just to account for material that might get shaved in the seating process) and I set those aside for practice.  But when I weighed this batch, more than 70 percent were under 180 gr, and none exceeded 181.  I had hoped to use these bullets for a major match next month, but they are going in the practice bin.   This is the first time I have ordered this caliber from this particular manufacturer, and have been happy with previous bullet (.30-06, .357, and .45ACP).  I’ve let him know about my issue and told him I will use the bullets for practice, so I’m not looing for any refund or anything like that.  Just giving him, and you folks a head’s up.


 :)  Doc  ;)

It's really nice to getcher heads up, but would help to know who the supplier was.  Or would you prefer we ask by PM??

People ARE real Hazardous to Yer Health

Ranch 13:
 Are they so strict and check ammo that a 178 gr bullet would disqualify the ammo?



--- Quote from: Ranch 13 on March 02, 2023, 10:09:27 AM --- Are they so strict and check ammo that a 178 gr bullet would disqualify the ammo?

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Most local matches do not check.  But major matches check and yes that would get you a match DQ.

Ranch 13:
 That's just weird. Anybody that cast their own knows depending on the barometer and humidity, bullets cast from the same mould and alloy can come up with a lighter or heavier batch of bullets on any given day and run of bullets.


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