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I've used patch bullets in my 45-70 SSK T/C and at 150 yards I get 5" groups with a 535 postell paperpach, and have taken 2 deer with it and never had to track one, they just droped.
 

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:) Got three deer last year with my patched loads. So far this year has been dry. Headed to Alabama in two weeks and will update then.
 

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8 pt buck with "factory" pp bullet [almost]

I read an old article in Handloader about how factory pistol bullets swaged for pistols can sometimes be perfect for Paper Patching. I bought a bunch of Speer 250 SWC [soft lead] bullets at 0.451-452". PERFECT for patching to 458-460".
Result? 8 pt with NEF 45/70 taken at only 30 yards. Bullet entered rear of chest cavity [actually entered gut area but went into back of diaphram only 3 to 5 " down the bullet path] and exiting the chest,,entering the elbow of the front left leg where I found it just under the hide!
Perfect mushroom. Looks like a quarter and almost as flat. I still have ithe bullet if you want to see a picture of PAPER PATCHED PERFECTION!
alan in ga.
 

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J B Mauser,
Sorry for the delay.
I have a tool that putsa cannelure onto the bullet. I use a Lee Factory crimper to crimp the mouth into the cannelure.
The crimp is only 'moderate',and does not destroy any accuracy.
I only crimp hunting rounds,and only use new brass for hunting. It works just fine.
Frank
 
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