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Old December 16, 2001, 03:05 AM   #1
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Minute of Barndoor...OR...I Need To Find Another Bullet Company!!!

I have spent the last few days dealing with some of the worst bullets yet.

I usually buy from a local company to save shipping charges. He stocks his own brand of lead cast bullets and carries Zero and West Coast brands as well.

Lately, his quality has gone down a bit with his lead bullets. For example, his 9mm bullets that are supposed to be sized to .356 are anything but that. The last thousand vary anywhere from .355 to .354. Needless to say these things are anything BUT tight groupers.

My previous Ransom Rest one hole groups with this bullet and a variety of 9mm pistolas are now 8 to 10 inches. Yes, I worked up loads again after my initial poor accuracy and the damn things won't group worth a flip. Pardon my French ladies.

I am looking for a good hard cast lead bullet supplier in the Southeastern US of A that has consistent quality. Anyone have some recommendations?

On another note, I have been thinking of just trying some .357 bullets in the 9mms with some LIGHT charges and see how those work. I can use the Ransom Rest and a long string to do the initial testing.
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Old December 16, 2001, 10:10 AM   #2
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I use Tennessee Valley Bullets in So central Tenn.
http://www.tennesseevalleybullets.com/
and
Magnus in Huntsville Ala.
http://www.magnusbullets.com/

I would not worry about shooting .357" cast bullets in 9mm as long as the loaded rounds chambered freely. I shot .38 semiwadcutters in my P7 in moderate numbers without even leading up the gas cylinder.
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Old December 16, 2001, 10:32 AM   #3
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Nuther vote for shootin the .357 bullets in the nine.

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Old December 16, 2001, 11:59 AM   #4
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I'm going to go in here and load up a few of my SWCs in some 9 cases and go try them out.

I have a little N320 left and I will drop the charges back.

Thanks for the links and info there Jim, I haven't had the gumption to try any lead in my P7 yet.

Oh yeah, and thanks for the vote CRS
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Old December 16, 2001, 12:20 PM   #5
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Hey Slickpuppy, you could always cast your own and be your own QC.
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Old December 16, 2001, 04:47 PM   #6
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Steve,
I don't really want to get into casting right now - too much other stuff to do. I DO have the time to probably get oversized bullets and size them myself.

In fact, I was planning on another post regarding that very thing!
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