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Old February 11, 2007, 04:26 PM   #1
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Laser-cast load data?

I just bought some Oregon Trail .38 caliber 158 gr Laser-Cast SWCs. Can I use the "158-grain Lead Bullet" load data from my Lee's Modern Reloading, or are these bullets harder than the usual lead bullet, and I need to look elsewhere for numbers? Also, am I correct in assuming the crimp should go in the top groove in the straight-sided part of the bullet, the groove above the lubrication? Thanks for any help!
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Old February 12, 2007, 04:51 AM   #2
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The data you have for 158 gr will work fine - it's more about friction than hardness. You are correct about the crimp groove. Good luck!
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Old February 12, 2007, 02:00 PM   #3
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Thanks! I also talked to an experienced reloader at the range who says he uses the lead bullet data for .45 acp. I'll give it a shot ( ) this afternoon!
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Old February 12, 2007, 08:52 PM   #4
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I've shot thousands of those bullets.

I use a +P load (my gun is up to it) of 3.8 grains of Bullseye with the bullet for an excellent round. Shoots straight and hits hard.

I buy Oregon Trail Laser Cast bullets almost exclusively for all my handgun rounds.
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Old February 13, 2007, 12:53 AM   #5
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I use lead bullet data with no problems. Just use the same caution that you would for any new load.
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