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    Good day at the Range

    What a beautiful day. 60 degrees, not a cloud in the sky. Just enough wind to keep you honest.

    I havenít said much about it, but last Jan I ordered a complete 30 caliber bullet making setup from George Ulrich. I specified a 7 ogive, relative straight shank to be no less than .3081 on the shank with a suitable base at .0006/.0007 over.

    I received everything last month. After going through the usual learning curve, I think I have it down. My friend Ed Bernabeo and I have spent the last couple of Sundayís working with them in our 30 BRís.

    My goal was to make as good of bullet as I could buy. That is setting the bar pretty darned high, because we have some phenomenal 30 caliber bullet makers. I should say Phenomenal, with a capital P.

    My bullets so far are shooting quite well, for both myself and Ed. This morning I caught a gental left to right and shot this group. Without an official measuring device, I canít be sure what the exact measurement is, but suffice to say, itís PDS. (Pretty Dang Small).

    http://benchrest.com/attachment.php?...1&d=1575258854

    We also shot some score targets, and the bullets definitely know where the X is.

    18 years ago, I swore I would never make another bullet. But the VFS game is getting so darned tough, I figured I would renege and give it another shot. I have done quite well shooting BIBís and Bartís, so I will either sink or swim.


    George obviously made me an excellent set of dies. The workmanship is impeccable. The dies make exactly the bullet I wanted. It took a while to ascertain the exact core seat pressure, punch size, how much lube to use, the optimum point up distance. I have 10,000 of these jackets, (using Charley Hood cores), so the setup should last a while.

    Now, if I could just find someone to pull that darn handle
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    Looks like an .040 to me, Jackie.
    Isnít it grand when everything comes together?

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    Cool

    Good luck! Keep us updated as this is something I've thought about........not a lot but have thought about it ;-)

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    Good Grief! Has it been 18 years since you made those first bullets?

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    What are you thinking? Making bullets or shooting small? Or both?
    Iíll tell you one thing; shooting a .30BR for group is tough, or tough for me. I shot a .037 at Dublin but agging for the weekend was tough and I thought I had done battle with a Mack truck by Sunday afternoon. I felt I was aging.

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    Wheaties Francis

    Quote Originally Posted by FBecigneul View Post
    What are you thinking? Making bullets or shooting small? Or both?
    Iíll tell you one thing; shooting a .30BR for group is tough, or tough for me. I shot a .037 at Dublin but agging for the weekend was tough and I thought I had done battle with a Mack truck by Sunday afternoon. I felt I was aging.
    Wheaties, possibly liberally sprinkled with Geritol !!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wilbur View Post
    Good Grief! Has it been 18 years since you made those first bullets?
    You been helping us out by providing this forum for a long time boss

    Thank You

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    Remember this one?

    You shot this 5 shot group with BIB Bullets, so you must be doing something right.
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    Here is my setup

    Our old shop business office made a great room to make bullets.

    As you can see, George uses Lee Presses. He modifies the linkage to give more mechanical advantage. It helps a lot.

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    That's quite the jar adapter to tumble jackets.

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    Nice shootin Jackie!

    Pete

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wayne Shaw View Post
    That's quite the jar adapter to tumble jackets.
    Wayne, the little gear motor turns 30 RPM, which seems about right.

    When I screw the jar on, I do lock it with a strip of duct tape so it canít come unscrewed.

    I tumble the jackets for 30 minutes. After I seat the cores and let them settle, I re-tumbled the core seated jackets for about 10 minutes to re lube them to ease the extraction from the point up die.


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    Jackie, what are you using for lube? -Al

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    Quote Originally Posted by Al Nyhus View Post
    Jackie, what are you using for lube? -Al
    George recommended pure lanolin, thatís what I am using.

    He sent me some with the dies.

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    Easy way

    Use cookie tray real light lube on cloth to coreseat then usr lanolin and neatsfootb oil in zip lock with lighy amt tumble 20 m9in works well

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