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Hi
I am after some information on a few things and was wondering if anybody could help me?.

With Paper-patching what is the best bullet diameter to go for?
I measured my bore, twice and got the bore diameter as .4515,maybe go to .452? And the lands were .458. (Ruger #3 45/70)
What bullet diameter should i go for?
When I get the mould made,should I say that I want it to cast with pure lead or other?,I will be using mainly smokeless powder,but every now & then I would like to try black powder. Is it best to get a bullet mould that will cast a bullet,that will ride the bore with most of its length?.

Any help would be appreciated

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Dale.
Bemm River,Australia.
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When I ordererd my patch mould from Dave Farmer (Colorado Shooter's Supply) he asked me the alloy I'd be shooting. My mould drops at 0.452". Matthews recommends 0.0005" over bore diameter. I don't think a thousanth either way would make much of a difference. I'm shooting smokeless loads. For black powder, smaller is better. Matthews recommends 0.004" - 0.006" less than bore diameter so rounds can be chambered after fouling starts. He also states in his book that the mould should be based on pure lead. A lead bullet that measures 0.450" will be about 0.4515" with linotype and is still fine for patching. Cylindrical bullets are recommended over those that have a taper that starts from the base. You want a long bearing surface fr the bullet to ride on and to be cut by the rifling so it blows off when it leaves the muzzle.
 
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