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95 grain MBC round nose in 380

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by heydawg, Aug 24, 2011.

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  1. heydawg

    heydawg Member

    Jul 30, 2011
    Tried out some Missouri Bullet Company 95 grain round nose cast bullets today.

    Here's my thoughts. I used Titegroup for all loads here. First, cast bullets are a strange beast. I have shot about 800 of the Berry plated 100 grain bullets. For those, I found 2.8 grains is pretty good load. Brisk, but not bad for recoil. You can easily hit up a double tap without difficulty.

    The plated bullets are slippery, don't need much expanding to fit, and need a little more snug taper crimp to keep from sliding back.

    Cast bullets, on the other hand, are .001 wider, need much more expanding, and were in general a PITA for someone who has never used them before. They are slimey due to the lube, get your fingers dirty. I didn't expand the cases enough, and I think the bullets weren't seated square with the case which affected accuracy. A lot. I had stuff flying all over the target. It was pretty embarassing to see.

    Shot 25 rounds with a .970-.973 OAL loaded with 2.5 grains Titegroup. That is a light load based on the Lee and Lyman manual. I never found a match for these bullets so I started low, and went slow.

    These were okay. Shot a little bit low it seemed. Just a hair. Super light recoil. Quiet, light, and clean.

    With the same bullet, at 2.6 grains with a COL of .950, recoil was notable stiffer. Accuracy was okay. A touch better than with the 2.5 grain. I don't shoot with a rest, just by hand so that's a factor.

    Lessons learned:
    Cast bullets are a strange beast.
    Expand the case aggressively.
    Seating is a challenge. I had much more variance in COL vs the plated bullets.
    I didn't need hardly any taper. I could pound on the bullet and it didnt budge a bit. They did have an obvious bulge, but I measured the case diameter and it was still in spec. Really no chambering issues and I suppose that is what matters.

    Hard to beat for the money. I paid, after tax, $34 for 500 of them at a local store.
  2. ljnowell

    ljnowell Member

    Jun 21, 2008
    The Peoples Republic of IL
    Sounds like you have identified some of the mistakes in your first batch of reloaded lead rounds. Keep going at it, you will get the results you want. I use the MBC bullets in 45 acp, 45colt, 9mm, 38/357. They provide some of the best accuracy that I have ever achieved.

    Its interesting to note that I have a gun that has never shot anything but MBC bullets its entire life. I bought it new and have put several thousand through it.
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