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    Paperpatching 30 cal lead

    I have a question about what diameter you guys start with to do a 30 caliber paper patch bullet. What diameter do you start with? I have tried doing it with a .309 only to have the paper RIP off when put through the sizer die afterwards and left unsized measures .314 to .322. My research shows most paper to be .200 thick so with 2 wraps should make them .313 ....a little over sized for 30 caliber even with a lot more practice wrapping. Would possibly starting with one made for the 303 British be the answer? Finding a standard mold may be a chore. I have shot all of my different styles round nose 170 gr, flat nose 150 and 170gr and even a spiral tip 230 gr that I picked up somewhere along the way with and without gas checks at sub sonic speeds and they all shoot well enough to hunt with up to 100yds. But I would like to increase my velocity up to jacketed bullet speeds. Using Varget, IMR 3030 and IMR 4041.
    Any advice and suggestions are greatly appreciated.
    Been loading for about 40 years but paper patching a new endeavor.

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    Well looked up the British 303 and found that it's bullet die was .312 so that's out.
    So I guess my next step will be to look for a sizing die a few thousandths smaller than .309.
    Also I thought about lubing the patched bullets before running them through my sizing die to reduce the friction on the paper..

    That's what I love most about reloading...no matter how much you know...it's only the tip of the iceberg. Always leaving something new to be learned and experimented with.


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