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Old May 18, 2010, 10:03 PM   #1
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lee 36 cal conical mold for black powder

Since I do a lot of casting for pistols and for black powder rifles and pistols. I decided to try some bullets for my 36 cal C&B instead of the round ball that I have been using. As usual, it took a bit before the molds were casting well but once they seemed to "season" they cast some very nice ones. With 100 sized to .375 and lubed in the old 450, I took the pistol out to the range.

It took a while, but it seems the 17gr eq. of pyrodex p worked best. Accuracy and penetration improved over the ball by a decent margin. The only down side I found was it was more difficult to get the bullet started (I dont use the bench loader).

All in all, a very successful endeavor. I thought that I would pass this along to any that would like to try.
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Old May 21, 2010, 12:47 AM   #2
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Good to hear it went well. I'm considering picking up a conical mold for my 1851 navy.
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Old July 10, 2010, 09:02 AM   #3
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The .36 conicals I cast out of my Lee mold #90378 are slightly tapered and load quite easily.



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Old July 12, 2010, 09:55 AM   #4
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Yes Hawg, I noticed that they were tapered too. When I put them through the sizer, the very end of the base was not sized. It seemed just enough to aid in starting the bullet. Unsized, mine shaved a small portion of lead off the bullets. My cyls mic at .3743 to .3751 using a sterrit ball mic.
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Old August 4, 2010, 12:38 PM   #5
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I was going to buy one of the lees for my pocket navy last week with my order to midway but they were out, so will try again (forgot to include a brass purchase so will get both next month).

I have heard that accuraccy is an issue with conicals and was wondering if it was a problem for you two?
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Old August 6, 2010, 09:50 AM   #6
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I get better accuracy with the conicals than the round ball.
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Old August 6, 2010, 07:58 PM   #7
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Excellent MR. Porche, they emailed me four days later to tell me they have them in stock and it is on the way.
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Old August 6, 2010, 07:59 PM   #8
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and or mr. porsche
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