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Clean and Foul?

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Category: FireArms, et cetera
Forum Name: Metallic Cartridge Handloading and Bullet Casting
Forum Description: Discuss reloading, bullet casting etc. here. We take no responsibility for the safety or validity of the loads mentioned in this forum. Start low and work up to what is safe in YOUR firearm!
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Topic: Clean and Foul?
Posted By: 788Fan
Subject: Clean and Foul?
Date Posted: 19 March 2015 at 13:48
Being a confirmed 45-70 junkie, I've added two to go with my No. 1 and 1895 GBL.  An H&R Buffalo Classic and a T/C Contender Carbine now live in the safe.  My go-to load for the No. 1 and lever gun is not appropriate for the two break actions, so I'm working up new ones.  Should I clean the barrel and then fire a fouling shot between bullet types and powders?  One set of loads is with a 300 Gr. Hornady HP, the other is a 292 gr. Lyman cast. The powders are 2400 and IMR-3031.  Any help is appreciated.  Thanks, 788

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Posted By: BEAR
Date Posted: 20 March 2015 at 03:13
D is the guy you need for that info.

Usually fire only one powder and bullet combo when load developing, so I don't clean

Posted By: CB900F
Date Posted: 20 March 2015 at 03:59

What he said.


Birth certificate!? He don't need no steenkink birth certificate!!

Posted By: d4570
Date Posted: 20 March 2015 at 07:19

Now I never shoot lead/cast bullets, My normal load is a hornady 300 gr , going 2400 fps that's HOT... I do have a Barnes 250 gr load that is a little over 2600 fps.
With my 45/70 I HAVE to foul the barrel when ever I clean it. At 100 yards she will shoot 6" high after clean it, even just one pull of the bore snake. Heat will change point of impact too. After 3 or 4 shots It is a must to let it cool or it ill be shooting 4" low hot.
All that said I would NOT clean between test shots...

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