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Calling Bob...mould for .308 Texan
« on: October 31, 2018, 05:28:28 PM »
Bob,

Hypothetically IF a fellow wanted to cast his own bullets (and I'm not saying he would), AND he had a .308 Texan (stock internals), a 34" 1:14 twist barrel, AND shooting at 2900 to 3000 psi, what type of bullet would you lean towards? I know a guy who keeps thinking about it (no names)
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Re: Calling Bob...mould for .308 Texan
« Reply #1 on: October 31, 2018, 06:54:55 PM »
According to a table posted over on the GTA, a .308 Texan can achieve 954 fps with a 118 gr. bullet or 900 fps with a 132 gr.... both at 3000 psi.... so I would be looking at a bullet between 115-140 gr.... I have a mould for the Lee 113 RF, which casts at about 118 gr.... and you can purchase that mould from Lee, or from NOE, with or without a HP pin in one cavity (112 gr. HP or 115 gr. FN)…. The Lee shot well in my DAQ with a 16" twist....



NOE have other bullets as well in that weight range....

















I have not tried any of those, but the 135 gr. BBT has been used successfully in a TJ's barrel by sixshootertexan with a slow 20" twist....

I have heard that the Texan prefers heavy bullets, but they would not be my choice because of the low velocitie…. On the other hand that would depend a lot on your intended target and range.... In addition, Arsenal are supposed to be tooling up to make a ".308 Bowman", which is a scaled up Lyman 257420, the go-to bullet in .257 cal.... It would be about 125 gr. in .308, and if I was looking for a mould in that weight range, I would contact them to see when it will be available....

Bob
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Re: Calling Bob...mould for .308 Texan
« Reply #2 on: October 31, 2018, 07:02:06 PM »
Thank you, Bob. I'm going to be refining some 'old' cast bullets that performed well and trying out some new lighter (79 gr.) bullets. Now that I'm using my new inline regulator my results will hopefully be a little more consistent. Once I'm confident that I'm using a good match I may try to start doing some casting. I appreciate your input and the diagrams.

I'm getting closer...;)
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Re: Calling Bob...mould for .308 Texan
« Reply #3 on: October 31, 2018, 08:10:12 PM »
After I do another casting session with 154 BBT I can send you some samples of the 154 and 135 BBT's.
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Re: Calling Bob...mould for .308 Texan
« Reply #4 on: November 01, 2018, 05:10:51 AM »
That would be awesome, Ricky. I'll send you a PM and I insist that I throw you a few bones to cover costs. I'd love to try some BBT's.
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