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Old June 30, 2011, 12:36 PM   #1
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Lubing Lee conical pistol bullets

Just want to know if others have the same problems/solutions that I have.

I've gotten good results out of these bullets and really like them. They give a definitive "ring" on steel targets and shoot well for me.

One thing is, I've tried to lube them in the lube grooves, but I've noticed upon firing if they are lubed this way, the bullets in the rest of the chambers will move forward- which isn't something you want at all! I wind up just placing a wad as I always do between the bullet and powder and filling the rest of the chamber above them with grease and leaving the grooves of these bullets unlubed- that's the best way I have found (for me) to use these bullets.
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Old June 30, 2011, 02:43 PM   #2
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I use .380's in my .36's and they don't move with lube in the grooves.
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Old June 30, 2011, 07:12 PM   #3
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You are correct, I forgot to mention this only happens on the .44 caliber (for Pietta/Uberti revolvers) mould, and not on the .36 mould.
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Old June 30, 2011, 09:35 PM   #4
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It is likely the increased & longer recoil is causing your ball creep. I have occasionally just rammed the balls or bullet a little harder to swell them to prevent the migration. I am too skeered to check how awful that might affect accuracy. You may want to use the ROA.457 dia LEE conical in your repros as they are of a larger diameter than those made for Colts & Remmies.
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Old July 1, 2011, 08:37 AM   #5
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Use a drill press to push the .456's thru a drilled hole in some steel to size the larger front part of the conical to about four/five(or whatever you want) .001's in. over your chamber mouth diameter. Maybe use a lube/sizer and sizing die without lubing the conicals just to size them using a .452/.454 sizer die.
If your loading lever plunger works well it should move lead on the nose of the conical against the walls of the chamber if you seat a little harder with it.
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Old July 1, 2011, 09:43 PM   #6
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Ok., I'll try just seating them a bit harder, and perhaps that will take care of it.

I've tried to load the Lee conicals for the Ruger in my Italian guns, but they are just far too big as cast for them. I wound up giving the mould to a friend with an Old Army- and he loves it.
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