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.303 Savage update

Big Al1Big Al1 Senior MemberPosts: 7,756 Senior Member
So, With the shortage of any kind of .30cal. bullets I had decided to try some cast bullets. My reloading book called for cast .311's for the .303 so I tried them and they flew sideways. So TennMike, thanks again Mike, sent me some .309 cast with gas checks. I loaded some up and headed to the range, with two different loads. Again, no luck with the cast they all went through the target sideways. But, I finally found some Speer bullets at Brownell's so I also loaded up some 150 grain round nose and 165 grain SP Hot Cores. I used the specs from a older Lyman manual and used the accuracy load for each bullet weight., using 3031 for the 150 and 4198 for the 165.
Both loads shoot great, but I believe a round nose bullet is best suited for this round due to the seating depth.
?tn=-1093237022 165 grain SP Hot Core

?tn=234566619 150 grain RN

I think the 165 or a 180 grain round nose jackets will be the best bullet for this rifle. Don't know why it won't stabilize cast bullets, I thought the .309's would work. Maybe the rifling is just to shallow to put a consistent spin on the bullet. But, for a 100 year old rifle, it shoots pretty good!!

I also shot the M61 S&W Escort I bought last week. That thing shot a lot better than I expected. At seven yards it was point and shoot and all shots went center mass. Now the poor little thing will spend eternity in the bottom of the wife's purse, the area I refer to as the black hole of the Bermuda Triangle!!
It was particular about ammo, it did not eject using Federal bulk .22's but really shined with CCI Mini Mags.

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