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Anybody know a source for .270 (.277 dia) gas checks?
I have scoured the web and can't find any, and would like to cast some bullets to try in my Howa 1500.

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tn_junk,

Midsouth Shooter's has them listed in their catalog. That is where I have always purchased my .270 gas checks. They are the Lyman brand--$23.25/1000. Good-luck...BCB
 

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I would strongly advise you go with the Hornady Gas checks. As you probably know these are actually crimped on when the cast bullet is run into the sizer die and lubed.
The Lyman gas checks do not have a postive "lock" like the Hornady's. They are just a "slip fit."
If the base of the bullet were to be seated below the neck-shoulder junction, this could be a big problem.

I did some searching and was surprised to see all my old suppliers no longer carry the Hornady's in .270 caliber. However, Hornady themselves have them for sale on their site.
http://www.hornady.com/shop/?page=shop/browse&category_id=85a2811523312a2b50048cd45ecc5661

Two more things:
1) If you plan on casting a lot, go scrounge wheelweights now, before all the Mom and Pop tire shops find out how much lead is worth these days.
2) A great source of information for cast bullet shooting is the CBA.
http://www.castbulletassoc.org/
The "Fouling Shot" is well worth the price of membership.

Good luck to you getting cast to shoot well in that rifle.
It can be a lot of fun,, though at times (with my rifles anyways) it seems akin to searching for the Holy Grail. :D

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Afraid it's too late around here to get wheel weights at most places. I've been trying to scrounge some and found that most places already sell their old weights or, in the case of the "corporate" stores, only let licensed recyclers have them (legal stuff). I got lucky a while back and scrounged about 40 pounds, but haven't had much luck lately.
Just another example of the changing world.

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tn_junk said:
Afraid it's too late around here to get wheel weights at most places. I've been trying to scrounge some and found that most places already sell their old weights or, in the case of the "corporate" stores, only let licensed recyclers have them (legal stuff). I got lucky a while back and scrounged about 40 pounds, but haven't had much luck lately.
Just another example of the changing world.

alan
Wow, that is a real bummer. I'm lucky in the fact I have 3 small Mom and Pop type shops that still sell their wheelweights. I am one of 3 people they hold them for and we take turns. :)
The end result is, I get one 5-gallon bucket full every 4 to 6 weeks. Twenty bucks a bucket, and I am acquiring them far faster than I will ever process, cast, and shoot them.
 
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