Bullet Designer ?? Ray Thompson


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Turk
August 29, 2003, 01:01 PM
One of my most accurate 44 Mag. bullets is a Lyman 429244. It was designed by a Ray Thompson.

Does anyone know who Ray Thompson was?

Thanks,

Turk

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John Ross
August 30, 2003, 12:08 PM
Friend and contemporary of Elmer Keith. The "T" in .338-.378 KT, a wildcat long range hunting round of 30+ years ago that he and Elmer designed.

BTW there are lots of accurate .44 designs out there. Try the SSK molds designed by JD Jones.

www.sixguns.com/crew/sskbullets.htm

JR

LAH
August 30, 2003, 10:12 PM
Turk we sell this bullet and most sixguns seem to like it. We also offer the Lyman 358156, another Thompson design and a favorite of Skeeter.

444
August 30, 2003, 10:26 PM
LAH, who is we ?

Turk
August 31, 2003, 11:13 AM
Lynn,

Thanks for the info. I was just wondering who Thompson was have heard the name for years. I've got a couple of his style of moulds myself. Actually the Lyman 429244 is my favorite 44 mag. bullet and one of the most accuate I shoot.

Is Dry Creek Bullets anywhere near Beckley? I just back from there last week really pretty country. Visited a coal mine that was a real eye opener made me glad for my job.

Thanks again and have a good day.

Turk

All, please remember to pray for the safety of our troops they're still in harms way.

444
August 31, 2003, 12:34 PM
Is LAH from Dry Creek Bullets ?
I am looking for a new source for cast bullets. I gave up on my local dealer. After buying many thousand from him over the years, he has pretty much just started stocking cowboy action bullets only.
I have casting stuff, but no where to do it. I used to cast in a friend's garage, but his work schedule has made this few and far between.

LAH
August 31, 2003, 01:52 PM
I visit this board from time to time. I enjoy it here but with my life being what it is, time is something I have little of.

I post under LAH which are the first letters of my and my Dad's name. I sign Creeker which is a nickname because I live on a creek, Dry Creek to be exact.

Dry Creek is the name of the bullet company we happen to own. I'm the only employee, most the time.

Ray Thompson was a very good shot, hunter and a bullet designer of sorts. His 44 bullet differs greatly from Mr. Keith though I believe the results on game to be mostly the same. His bullet is a tapered design, while Mr. Keith used a full diameter front driving band.

The Thompson's smaller front driving band should true the bullet in the barrel before the rear band takes the rifling and starts the bullet turning. Mr. Keith felt the bullet should be trued in the cylinder throat and forcing cone before entering the barrel and the front driving band should take the rifling first.

Turk, Dry Creek is about 25 miles of bad West Virginia highway from Beckley. I assume you toured the Beckley Exposition Coal Mine. If you did the guide was probably Donald Cook, a black man who is a fellow preacher. Nice gentleman and a man of God.

444 when I say "we" I probably should say "I" except I consider my wife Barbara and my God part of Dry Creek Bullet Works. Most the bullets shown on our site are hand cast but we do have standard, hard, machine cast bullets. Your welcome to shop with us if you like.

Thanks guys for the interest and I hope to spend a little more time here as the months pass. God Bless.

Wil Terry
September 1, 2003, 09:53 PM
Ray Thompson was from Grand Marais MN and IS NOT the Thompson who was a friend of Elmer Keith.
Ray Thompson designed an entire line of gas check pistol bullets for the Lyman company, the most famous being the 358156 38SPL/357MAG bullet.
Elmer Keith had NO use for gaschecked pistol bullets and had NO use for their designer either. Elmer spent the rest of his life denouncing the use of gascheck bullets after their introduction.

LAH
September 1, 2003, 10:03 PM
Thank you Mr. Will. I guess the "bullet designer of sorts" statement was incorrect. I made that statement not knowing for sure it was the same Thompson.

I have a picture of the Mr. Thompson that Mr. Keith hunted with and be-friended. Seems he was from Colorado?
Was it Thompson who used the full length 338-378?

LAH
September 1, 2003, 10:10 PM
Thank you Mr. Will. I guess the "bullet designer of sorts" statement was incorrect. I made that statement not knowing for sure it was the same Thompson.

I have a picture of the Mr. Thompson that Mr. Keith hunted with and be-friended. Seems he was from Colorado?
I knew Mr. Keith had no use for gas checks in his sixguns but didn't realize he had hard feeling toward the designer of such.

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