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Steelcore bullets safe to reload?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by bryank30, Nov 30, 2010.

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  1. bryank30

    bryank30 Member

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    Picked up 100 of these earlier this year, and would like to run some of these through my Remy 700 just to see what they will do, but was warned that the steel can touch the bore of the rifle during flight, getting through the copper jacket. Is there truth to this?
     
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    They are safe to shoot. The steel core won't come out of the jacket. Are you talking about 30 caliber 30-06 and AP black tipped bullets?
     
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    They are safe to shoot from your Rem 700 or any other rifle you choose to use. (as long as the bullets aren't damaged of course)
     
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    No they are just plain nose fMJ style tips, with a steel core. Cool, I will load up some hot loads and shoot it through my 1903A3, that thing is a tank, you can't hurt it.
     
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    Only danger from these bullets is to whatever it hits. Won't harm the bore.
     
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    That is a good caution. A good Earth backstop will stop that bullet but if you think a man made backstop made of boards or even a metal plate will do, forget it! Especially from a 03A3 in 30-06.
     
  7. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

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    That is a false assumption!

    You can blow up an 03A3 just as easy, or perhaps easier then a lot of other modern rifles.

    The strength of the brass case is the limiting factor on a rifles strength.
    Not the rifle itself.

    Stick with published load data and forget about the "Hot Loads" before you hurt yourself.

    rc
     
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    Okay, you may need to make sure you bought .308 bullets and not .311 bullets. The .311 bullets that have a steel core came from 7.62x54r and they may not be optimal for you. BE CAREFUL.

    Also, you don't need a hot load with a steel core bullet. It will go through most things even at lower velocities than a regular fmj.
     
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    The steel core will also bounce back and shoot your eye out if they don't go through.

    rc
     
  10. bryank30

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    Thanks for the word of caution. I understand general ballistics, and try to adhere to safe shooting ettiquete.
     
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