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Bullet Alloy Diagram. Lead Base.

to the proper hardness. Following this procedure the alloy is ever changing and is ever of unknown quality. However, the bullets usually seem to go where the gun is aimed when it goes off and I don't get any leading, so it will be seen that the preparation of bullet alloys need not be complicated nor highly scientific.

Occasionally, this conglomeration of metals doesn't give quite the accuracy that I think I ought to get from a particular arm, so then I go into the careful preparation of some new bullet alloys.

The objection to using an unknown alloy of this kind is limited to the inability to reproduce it if it proves to be particularly good in some arm. I do not believe it is necessary for a handloader to keep a mass of complicated records on bullet alloys. The average shooter probably does not reload ammunition for more than three or four different arms and can easily remember what he uses for bullets in each one. In experimental work it is, of course, necessary to keep records in great detail, but these folks who reload ammunition for inexpensive shooting and for all ordinary purposes do not experiment to any extent which requires this. Once they have an alloy that is satisfactory (which is usually the first batch they mix up) they stick to it and their troubles with alloying bullet metals arc over with.

Hollow base bullets In which the cavity was carried too deep. When nred, the bullet slugged badly or the base blew out and the sides collapsed.

The difference between well and poorly designed lubrication grooves and properly sized bullets Is not always apparent until after the bullet has been fired. The bullet on the right has Its grooves practically closed up.

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