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Bullet weight for 38-55
Aug 10th, 2019 at 12:23pm
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I have a 38-55 with a 1-15 twist. What weight bullet should work best with Cast lead at target velocity?
  

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Reply #1 - Aug 10th, 2019 at 3:14pm
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At "BEST" you'll get many opinions here!   Wink
A lot will depend on the distance you plan shoot. My 1:15, 38-55 likes a 330 gr. slug (Lyman mold) and it will send it where aimed out to 500 yards.
Something to start with...........
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Re: Bullet weight for 38-55
Reply #2 - Aug 10th, 2019 at 3:38pm
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The 38-55 bullet that I get the BESTgroups  Wink with 100yds to 500 meters is the Ideal 375166, 320gr with has also been cloned on the Accurate Molds website ...
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Reply #3 - Aug 10th, 2019 at 3:58pm
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John Boy,  what twist ?
  
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Reply #4 - Aug 10th, 2019 at 4:05pm
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BACo's 325gr Money bullet might work well in a 15" barrel. Will find out how it, BACo's 360gr  Money and a Brooks 340gr shoot in my 38-55 with 12" twist Shilen barrel next month.
  

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Re: Bullet weight for 38-55
Reply #5 - Aug 10th, 2019 at 4:10pm
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You didn't give the groove diameter but, If it's .375-6, this is a good, 15 twist, long range bullet for breech seating or loading out, in a fixed case,

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Reply #6 - Aug 10th, 2019 at 5:14pm
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I agree ,I have the NOE 376 329 in single cav. brass , shoots great in my 15 twist 38 55 .
  
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Reply #7 - Aug 10th, 2019 at 6:33pm
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John Boy,  what twist ?

Calculates for 14 and standard 18 twists.
  

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Reply #8 - Aug 10th, 2019 at 7:01pm
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It really doesn't have anything to do with the weight but being the right length for the Twist. Example if using 40-1 or 20-1 the weight will change but it will not have any ill effects on the stability of a bullet that is based on it's length.
  
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Re: Bullet weight for 38-55
Reply #9 - Aug 10th, 2019 at 10:55pm
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Thanks Guys. I was thinking I need a heavier (longer) bullet. I have a 260 or 280 grain GC now, and it just isn't "easy" to get to shoot. I'll get it OK at 100, then not good at 200. I know if I keep screwing with it, I'll come up with something, but a longer bullet might make my life easier. I like easy. Again, Thanks.
  

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Reply #10 - Aug 10th, 2019 at 11:38pm
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Friend was giving 500 yd gongs a fit today, 38-55, iron sights, black duplex, 330 grain bullet.
Largest gong, 18", smallest 12", British proof 44 1/2 Stevens.
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Reply #11 - Aug 11th, 2019 at 12:03am
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Friends rifle is a 14 1/2" twist using a Hoch mould.
  
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Reply #12 - Aug 11th, 2019 at 12:30pm
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Chuckster wrote on Aug 10th, 2019 at 11:38pm:
Friend was giving 500 yd gongs a fit today, 38-55, iron sights, black duplex, 330 grain bullet.
Largest gong, 18", smallest 12", British proof 44 1/2 Stevens.
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Curious, was the rifle shooting fixed carteidges or breechseated bullets.
  
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Re: Bullet weight for 38-55
Reply #13 - Aug 11th, 2019 at 2:09pm
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Fixed cartridges.
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