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Unusual wadcutter

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by theHeretic, Nov 27, 2007.

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  1. theHeretic

    theHeretic Member

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    A friend just gave me a supply of cast strange wadcutters.
    Diameter – 0.355
    Length - 0.355
    Weight - 76 grains [+ or -]

    The mold was a Lee single cavity aluminum type.

    I don’t think they were intended for 9mm, but they are a bit small for .38.

    Any information as to the original use of these and/or loads would be appreciated.
    [current powders on hand RedDot, Unique, W231, AA #5]



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  2. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

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    We used to call them "button" wadcutters. Don't know what they are really called. :)

    As far as the diameter, I don't know what they were intended for unless, because of the alloy used, they just came out undersized.
     
  3. ReloaderFred

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    They were for "gallery" loads in the .38. They were used mainly for indoor shooting, with very light loads.

    Hope this helps.

    Fred
     
  4. shc1

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    Just a guess, 380?:confused:
     
  5. LeonCarr

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    Hensley & Gibbs used to make a .38 wadcutter and the finished bullets weighed 66 grains and looked like an aspirin tablet :).

    Gunwriter Wiley Clapp loaded four of these inside a .357 Maximum case and called it the .357 Quadrimaximum. Nice :).

    Just my .02,
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  6. rcmodel

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    That appears to be Lee's copy of the old Lyman 358101 coller-button wadcutter. It had a nonimal weight of 75 grains.

    Intended for short range target practice.

    Lyman #45 manual shows .38 Spl loads:
    Bullseye = 2.0 start, up to 3.0 max.
    Unique = 3.0 start, to 5.0 max.

    rcmodel
     
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