ROA bullet starter


March 28, 2010, 03:49 PM
Ok, so I took to shooting bullets instead of round balls out of my 51/2" SS ROA. It shoots silly well with 150 gr BigLube bullets but is a real PIA to load!

Even with a loading stand, bullets, especially those short 150's, are extremely fiddly to load. Centering them on the cylinder can be just maddening. I thought of a couple of ways around this. I could chamfer the cylinder throat but screwing with my just "gunsmithed" ROA did not appeal to me.

I could try the new 210 gr BigLube's as they're supposed to have much more of a taper. However, I really, really like these little 150's.

So I decided to see if I could make a bullet starter. I took a 45/70 case and cut it off using a small copper pipe cutter. I then used a 45/70 die to straighten and ever so slightly bell the case mouth. Then I drilled the case all the way through, just large enough so that a .454 will slide right through.

It looks like it will work really well. I place the case on the cylinder, rim side down, drop in the bullet and then run the loader piston down through the case. It starts the bullet every time. It doesn't cock sideways and get jammed as it almost always does when I use my fingers.

I wouldn't mind something professional using the same idea only with an arm to pivot it off the cylinder pin hole.

If anyone wants to try this...cut the case first, then straighten the case mouth and drill it last. Don't touch the case until your sure it's cooled or you drop it in water. OMG! does it get hot after it is drilled. Again, a nice custom made one that aligns using the cylinder pin hole would be ideal. I'm not a machinist so this is the best I can do.

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March 28, 2010, 06:06 PM
I use buffalo 190 grain bullets,they are tapered at the bottom,and are made just for the .457 ruger old army,they load straight every time,my load is 40 grains 777 and 190 gr buffalo i get 1100 fps about 500 ft lbs energy ,they also come pre lubed,u can get them at muzzeloading emporium /gun works,online:D

Marlin 45 carbine
March 28, 2010, 06:10 PM
the Lee mold .45cal REAL slugs have a slight taper that starts the slug straight.

March 28, 2010, 06:25 PM
OMG! I must be cheap. $15.50 for 50.

I could potentially load the most expensive BP in history.

If I used Pyrodex pellets, at $20.00 per hundred. Buffalo bullets at $15.50 per 50 and Dynamit Nobel caps at $8.75 per hundred. That comes out to almost 59 cents per shot or almost $29.50 per 50.

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