Just bought a new Ruger Blackhawk in s/s 38sp-357 mag. I picked up some lead bullets at the gun show and the groove is dry ( no lube) The bullets seem to be coated. do they have to be hand lubed? Thanks.
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August 12, 2013, 12:13 PM
No, not if coated. Alox type lubes will cover the whole bullet. Lee makes tumble lube molds for the lube. Other type cast bullets, with just 1 large groove may work ok with Alox. There are also other coatings used. http://i338.photobucket.com/albums/n420/joe1944usa/castbullets.jpg
August 12, 2013, 12:38 PM
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Provided the bullet diameter is a good fit to your bore, with driving bands sized to get into the rifling grooves and bullet body and ogive suited to bore size, tumble lubed, plain based bullets in .38 Special at speeds up to @ 1200 fps should perform well. For .357 or speedier Gas Checks and groove lubing may suit better.
August 12, 2013, 02:26 PM
I picked up some lead bullets at the gun show and the groove is dry ( no lube) The bullets seem to be coated.
Do they look like this lead bullet from Speer?