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Old January 15, 2005, 11:26 PM   #1
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wad cutters

Does a semi-wadcutter cut as clean a hole as a wadcutter?
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Old January 16, 2005, 12:13 AM   #2
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Nearly, if the target is crisp and well backed.
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Old January 16, 2005, 11:01 AM   #3
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Old January 16, 2005, 05:30 PM   #4
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Wad-Cutter cutting a clean hole

Look at the loads in your manuals !!!
I shoot wad-cutter in a S&W-686 [.357 Magnum]. Both of my loads cut a clean hole.
I use either a 148gr wad-cutter or a 150gr SWC.
I use Winchester 231.
Bevel Based Wad-Cutter..4.0 grains
Hollow Based Wad-Cutter 3.0 grains.
If I go over 3.0 grains with a HBW it KEY-HOLES.
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Old January 16, 2005, 06:43 PM   #5
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There may be a bit of a difference, but I've never really noticed much.

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Old February 3, 2005, 09:41 PM   #6
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What is the advantage then of a wad cutter over a swc? Is the true wadcutter more accurate?
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Old February 3, 2005, 10:53 PM   #7
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I dont think so.

I've loaded the WC and the SWC and never noticed an increase in accuracy.

A semi wadcutter will feed much better in a semi auto, whereas a wadcutter usally wont feed at all.

Im my experience, the difference in the hole is too little to tell.
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Old February 3, 2005, 11:50 PM   #8
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Most Semi-Autos won't feed wadcutters, so semi-wadcutters are the next best alternative. The Smith & Wesson Model 52 is a noted exception as it was designed to shoot full wadcutters.
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Old February 4, 2005, 01:49 PM   #9
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The difference is important only to serious match shooters. WCs give a little better accuracy at match ranges, but you need a machine rest to see it. They cut a little cleaner hole unless the target is very well backed.

There are more WC only semi-autos than the S&W 52, but they are popular in Europe rather than the US. I'm shooting a Benelli .32 WC only and know that Hammerli and Walther made them. Think SIG makes one, too.
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Old February 5, 2005, 05:39 PM   #10
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How about the lead flat nose type? I'm using some 225gr and it punches pretty good holes and feeds well in nearly any type semi. This is, of course, just for general shooting, not serious target work.
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