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New and improved Gold Dot

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by 918v, Nov 13, 2012.

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  1. 918v

    918v Member

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    Just wanted to share



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    Look at the first 1/10" of the bullet shank.

    I recently bought a box of 165 and 180 .40 cal bullets. I was immediately offended by what appeared as pulled bullets. But when I looked closer I noticed Speer stepped the bullet down from .400" to .395" in the area typically protruding past the case mouth. I guess it's for reliable feeding. They shoot as accurately as Sierra JHC and Hornady XTP from my Glock 24- an inch or less at 15 yards.
     
  2. gamestalker

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    I don't think that, that Gold Dot looks any different than the one's I currently load for the .40? Are you talking about the area forward of the bearing surface being .005" smaller? I would almost think you have a deffective batch of bullets if the bullet is less than .400" any where other than where it begins to taper down at the nose, in which case it decreaes in diameter very quickly and by far more than .005".

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  3. matrem

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    Are you talking about that area that would be a boattail if it were a rifle bullet?
    Edit: never mind I see the step down now.
     
  4. beeenbag

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    ahh, I don't know about all that.

    IMO if that bullet isn't feeding well, that particular .005 step down in that location isn't going to change much. I could see them taking the point of the bullet down another .005 to "maybe" improve feeding. I think you are seeing a manufacturing defect. Just my opinion.
     
  5. ArchAngelCD

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    That looks the same as the bullets I have that are at least 5 years old or even more.
     
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    I don't load enough .40 to say so.. I see the step, but as long as it's crimped properly (ie, to the chamber specs), I really don't see what the fat hairy deal is..
     
  7. 918v

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    I don't think it's a defect cuz the midway pic I linked to is the same as mine:

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