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Old December 24, 2017, 07:37 AM   #1
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44 cal. black powder pistol bullets

Has anyone used the 200/450 conical black powder pistol bullet? I have used the round ball and it is a 451 and you get a ring when putting it in the cylinder. I am planning to pc some of the conical bullets and wonder if they need to be sized to 450 after pc or if they need to be resized at all. If I go to resizing to 450 I will have to order a special sizing die because standard die is 451. Has anybody done this before? Thanks
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Old December 24, 2017, 09:56 AM   #2
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Most people use .454 balls and .452 conicals. You're going to lose the powder coat when you load them.
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Old December 24, 2017, 11:36 AM   #3
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It was pointed out to me that because conicals have wider driving bands creating a friction fit they do not need to be oversized as with a ball that has no driving band until its shaved. To my thinking I'd still prefer something like .001/2" over chamber anyway.
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Old December 24, 2017, 03:16 PM   #4
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Have been using Eras Gone healed bullets in both ,36 and .44.
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Old December 24, 2017, 06:31 PM   #5
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I have the Lee conical mold, had my uncle cast me some bullets last year. I don't think he sized them and they shoot well in my 1858.
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Old December 24, 2017, 08:49 PM   #6
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Dave, do you mean "heeled" bullets, that is bullets with a smaller section at the rear that is intended to fit into a cartridge case (like a .22 LR bullet)? Heeled bullets are generally OK for cap and ball revolvers, but a hollow base without the stepped down section will usually give better results.

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Old December 24, 2017, 08:59 PM   #7
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Eras Gone bullets have the reduced heel then lube groove/driving band that shears a lead ring. They start straight and are easy fit under the ram .
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Old December 26, 2017, 05:53 AM   #8
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I use Lee 450/200 casted conical bullets. They don't need to be sized and they also have reduced heel to ease putting them into chamber. I have used them with my Uberti Colt Army and Dragoon revolvers.
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