FREDJ Hey Bud!!!!!!! Ya gots a Whitworth ?????????. My friend next door has one. We got the mold from ENGLAND,that makes a hex slug,with a 1:22 twist. We must have made 200 of those slugs and I dont ever care to see that mold again. That thing costs over 250 buck if I remember correctly,and was the worst thing I have every seen to get a good bullet out of. quote ]
Sounds like that Whitworth needs a better home, and I'd bet you really enjoy the rifle cranking that goes along with a Whit.
That Dyson Mould is an absolute POS, I've got a British friend who was
kind enough to get me started out right when I first got mine a number of years ago, he actually shoots original Whits. not because they're so superior but it's less legal hassle, crazy world isn't it those commies over there are flat out insane when it comes to any kind of gun, even the Brit. Olympic free pistol shooters have to keep thier .22 pistols in France or Belgium and go there to practice, and yet they have a skyrocketing gun violence rate, You can go into a London biker bar and buy Machine pistols, AKM's and even an RPG if you really wanted them, but guys like my friend have to get official permission from the constabulary to posses
a repro flinter, I think eventually after the failure of British rock and blunt object control they'll end having to suspend the populace from bungee cords to preclude kicking and biting ;-) At any rate my friend told me to avoid the Dyson mould like the plague, he'd heard a rumour somewhere that someone had actually produced some decent bullets from one but never was able to substantiate it ;-)
The swage I have is the bench vise type and I got it from Gibbs rifle company in Martinsburg W. Virginia, you're supposed to use .50 cal inline type slugs, but they're outrageously expensive and you end up with lead fins you need to trim off with an exacto knife, which is hardly conducive to LR accuracy what I've done is cast Lyman .458 Postels and swage them they're not fully filled out hex, but fit well, load easily and bump up just fine, I haven't had much of an opportunity to test them at LR on paper bu have killed any number of rocks, the silhouette shooting I've done with the rifle is using the standard Lyman "Whitworth" 475 gr. .451
bullet cast of straight lead (or thereabouts) these are standard round bullets but they bump up nicely to fill the bore when fired I shoot them
with a 70 gr. load of Elephant FFg with a milk carton wad over the charge
and if you do your part you can wax the ram every time, addmitedly this is a minimalist approach but it works fine, and I know other guys that shoot the same load and do quite well with it. Some guys you see at Friendship use beautiful swaged or cast PP (paper patched) bullets, use
a drop tube arraingement to charge the barrel etc, which would have been
more along the lines of the original Brit. shooters, however I don't think it really makes much of a difference considering wind and mirage etc
perhaps on paper at 800 to 1000 yd's or beyond that approach would be superior but I've never had the opportunity to try that out, I considered shooting my Whit' at the Lodi 1000 yd BPCR match, but once I shot that match with my Rem RB .45-70 it became clear I'd never have enough time with a ML in the time allowed per relay, I am virtually certian however that a well fed Whit could at least hold it's own agains't the
BPC rifles if there was adequate time. At any rate these are true rifle crank's rifles, I hope you get your Buddy to part with his, I'm certain you'd find shooting it as fascinating as I do.