Unusual wadcutter


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theHeretic
November 27, 2007, 04:07 PM
A friend just gave me a supply of cast strange wadcutters.
Diameter – 0.355
Length - 0.355
Weight - 76 grains [+ or -]

The mold was a Lee single cavity aluminum type.

I don’t think they were intended for 9mm, but they are a bit small for .38.

Any information as to the original use of these and/or loads would be appreciated.
[current powders on hand RedDot, Unique, W231, AA #5]



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Walkalong
November 27, 2007, 04:34 PM
We used to call them "button" wadcutters. Don't know what they are really called. :)

As far as the diameter, I don't know what they were intended for unless, because of the alloy used, they just came out undersized.

ReloaderFred
November 27, 2007, 04:51 PM
They were for "gallery" loads in the .38. They were used mainly for indoor shooting, with very light loads.

Hope this helps.

Fred

shc1
November 27, 2007, 06:29 PM
Just a guess, 380?:confused:

LeonCarr
April 11, 2008, 03:57 PM
Hensley & Gibbs used to make a .38 wadcutter and the finished bullets weighed 66 grains and looked like an aspirin tablet :).

Gunwriter Wiley Clapp loaded four of these inside a .357 Maximum case and called it the .357 Quadrimaximum. Nice :).

Just my .02,
LeonCarr

rcmodel
April 11, 2008, 04:07 PM
That appears to be Lee's copy of the old Lyman 358101 coller-button wadcutter. It had a nonimal weight of 75 grains.

Intended for short range target practice.

Lyman #45 manual shows .38 Spl loads:
Bullseye = 2.0 start, up to 3.0 max.
Unique = 3.0 start, to 5.0 max.

rcmodel

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