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Old January 17, 2013, 02:04 PM   #5
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I would wait to load freshly-cast bullets, to let them harden some - it's probably less critical in lower-pressure loads like .44spl and .45colt but it may make a difference with your load development.

If you plan to size the bullets, it's easier to do that when they're fresh and soft. I've read that water dropped bullets will continue to harden over several months, but most of it probably happens in the first few weeks. I've not found water-dropping necessary for anything I'm loading (up to and including .44mag), so I could be wrong about that.
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