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Is there a metallurgic / ballastic reason why no cast bullet <370grn for SW 500?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by BrokenWheel, Jan 25, 2010.

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  1. BrokenWheel

    BrokenWheel Member

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    Just looking around for a lighter bullet for the SW500, since the lead cast ones are usually cheaper. But I cant seem to find any that are less than 370 grains. The ones I find are lighter are jacketed and seem to be more expensive than just plain lead cast. I was wondering if there is a reason for this...

    When they are too light they go too fast for exposed lead?
     
  2. Owen

    Owen Moderator Emeritus

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    well, a round ball of pure lead would be about 190 grains, so I'm not sure. Ther's nothing that says you have to load a cartridge to drive a bullet to the capability of the cartridge, and I can see why it would be nice to be able to shoot your behomoth wih something a little more tame from time to time.

    Have you tried contacting any bullet casters? They are usually pretty small companies.
     
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    Self-Deleted because I'm a doofus and didn't read the post carefully...
     
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    NEI has a mold for a 325gr bullet listed
     
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    The lighter the lead bullet, the smaller the bearing surface of the bullet. Less bearing surface less accuracy. The light jacketed bullet grips/takes/holds the rifling better, no skidding like lead. Total guess on my part.
     
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    We have the 400 grain RNFP flat-base for the .500. It's the "Crusher #1." Very pleasant to shoot, assuming that you are a mastodon.
     
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    Just to show support for your great products, MB, I did go check to see what you offered, but I didn't post the "Crusher" because he said he was looking for less than 370 gr.

    -Sam
     
  9. Robert Palermo /Penn Bullets

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    I offer a 325gr TC for the 500 S&W at www.pennbullets.com and they are in stock. 45.00 fpr 250 Excellent design and very accurate.
     
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