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Old March 29, 2012, 09:36 AM   #14
Noz
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If you are loading off of the gun as Doc Hoy indicates then metal content is of no importance, BUT if you ever intend to load on the gun then the softest you can get is best.
I also learned to my dismay that the harder balls do not swage as well as the softer and can lead to incomplete "ring cutting" and chain fires. If you are using hard alloys then use lubed wads, corn meal or other types of filler under the balls or generous amounts of lube over the balls.
Chain fires usually don't hurt anything or anyone but they do make you flinch the next time you pull the trigger.
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