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180gr Lead Round Nose for Bowling Pin Busting

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by dashootist, Dec 2, 2010.

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  1. dashootist

    dashootist Member

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    Can I push this lead bullet to 1200 ft/s without leading problem?


     
  2. ljnowell

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    Depends on powder, bore fit, barrel etc. Only one way to know. Its plenty hard enough for it.
     
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    I agree, the bullet is hard enough. The other factors will determine the outcome.
     
  4. earplug

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    Pins and bullets

    Everything I have read and done with pin shooting suggests using flat nose bullets that will not glance off the edge of a pin.
    Round nose bullets are not the way to go unless you miss allot and like a quick reload with a wheel gun.
    Might consider loading the 180 grainer backwards.
    I have read that many pin shooters liked a 200 grain 38spl load. They don't have to be fast. Just accurate and be able to toss the pin off the table.
    Leading is effected more my correct bullet size then speed in a pistol.
    I use unsized as cast bullets. They work fine. Bigger is better if they chamber.
     
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    Penn Bullets Thunderhead

    I have not tried this bullet but the information runs with what I have seen and used.

    .38 Caliber 230 Grain THUNDERHEAD
    Bowling Pin Design
    Standard Sizing - .357
    Optional - .3575


    250 500 1000
    $25.00 $48.00 $90.00

    About Our Prices ...

    This bullet was designed specifically for bowling pin shoots. In these types of competitive events in which the objective is to clear a table of bowling pins; weight is more effective than velocity. This bullet is soft cast and is rated for 900 fps. The Thunderhead maximum meplat profile with the softer alloy promotes a better engagement with the hardwood pins (usually maple). The design features dual crimp grooves so that it can be loaded in .38 or .357 cases depending upon your application. Because the body of the bullet is so long it must be sized to .357 or .3575 maximum to insure it does not excessively bulge the brass and thus prevent its chambering. In .357 cases, 9.0 grains of Accurate Arms will get the job done. If using .38 cases try about 7.0 grains to start. DO NOT use +P .38 cases as these are usually thicker and can cause excessive bulging .... This type of shooting sport was pioneered by Richard Davis of Second Chance body armor. This event became a Who's Who of the shooting world and was a very elite event. Bowling pin shoots are not as popular as they once were but still show up from time to time.

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    The 230 gr. Thunderhead is the bullet of choice for pin matches. I will have a new run of them done some time next week.
     
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