As one new to casting, I am happy to learn from you guys ... Any suggestions/opinions you’d offer would be greatly appreciated …
I’m looking to design a new .38/.357 mold using the following specs:
Weight: 200 gr.
Design: Tan O
Nose/Front Band Diameter: .359/.359
Front Band Length: .070
Body Bands: 3 at .0632
Nose Length: .300
Meplat: 80% (.28)
Base: Plain, w/ equal band lengths
(Hopefully, you are able to view the attached rendering ...)
I plan to use this hunting bullet in my SP101 (3 inch), GP 100 (4 inch), and my H&R Handi Rifle (18 inch), all of which share similar twists (1:18+). I hope to use the bullet at varying distances (7-100 yrds), with reasonable accuracy (baseball/softball-sized groups), at a milder range of Special/Mag velocities (800fps-1500fps), in magnum brass. From what I can gather, the design seems straight-forward enough: a broad-nosed, deeply-seated, heavy weight-for-caliber bullet with plenty of lube grooves, OAL for stability, and TAN O for all-around alignment/accuracy, theoretically suited for a wide variety of settings/applications (Note: I understand casting molds can excel at casting for single firearms--while there is certainly a time/place/justification for more specialized molds, I'm not setting out to design a one-gun-mold) ...
To the best of your knowledge, do these dimensions best serve my desired outcome?
OR, could these dimensions be improved (and if so, what exactly would you recommend)?
As .38/.357 shooters, do you find the bullet's qualities desirable?
Am I just asking too much of one bullet/mold?--Is this omnibus a camel?
Thank you for taking the time,
P.S. Sorry—I couldn't get my screen shots to work.
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