325 gr Design for Ballard Remlin

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325 gr Design for Ballard Remlin

Postby MQ1 » Thu Nov 02, 2017 9:38 pm

I have an interesting .444 Marlin that is a ballard rifled model. I’d like a 325 gr design...how much would the design vary from the Microgroove proven design?

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Re: 325 gr Design for Ballard Remlin

Postby mtngun » Fri Nov 03, 2017 8:07 pm

Typically I cut the front band diameter 0.425" for microgroove or 0.421" for ballard.

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Re: 325 gr Design for Ballard Remlin

Postby MQ1 » Sat Nov 04, 2017 8:30 am

Mtngn,

Thanks for verifying. I don’t consider myself knowledgable enough to really design my own, but I have enough experience to know what I believe I want. Being able to converse with someone like yourself is very helpful.

I read the Fryxell article about 20 times before I posted my question yesterday, and I believe that want to order a 325 gr proven design for a couple reasons. Let me know if you think I’m off base in my thoughts.

The first reason is that I’ll have a mold that would give me .432+ boolits with wheel weights, which is mostly what I have. I really want 1 main bullet cast for my .444 that will cover everything I would conceivably hunt in North America. I believe in the heavy hardcast boolits, but I also feel that all I’ll gain by going larger than a 325 gr boolit is more recoil than I really need. I expect that I’ll be hunting deer, pig and elk, and my average hunting distance would realistically be 100 yards...likey less. What do you think?

The second reason is that I could try the same boolit in some of my .44 SBH for a heavy alternative. I’m primarily a bowhunter, and someday I expect to do some hunting in AK, and I’d expect that a hardcast 325 gr would well in that application where I don’t want to carry a shotgun or rifle, but I want potent power if needed. I expect that I would just seat long...maybe in the first lube groove. Again, what are your thoughts?

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Re: 325 gr Design for Ballard Remlin

Postby mtngun » Sat Nov 04, 2017 8:58 am

I can't disagree with any of your points. A 325 should do it all.

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Re: 325 gr Design for Ballard Remlin

Postby MQ1 » Sat Nov 04, 2017 9:22 am

Thanks for your feedback.

So I want to order, but I’m concerned that left on my own, I’ll veer off the proven design (ballard style) accidentally. Are there other pertinent proven design details I’ll need to order, or can I just use the details provided on the proven designs (and your clarifications above) and fill out the details on the custom program?

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Re: 325 gr Design for Ballard Remlin

Postby mtngun » Sat Nov 04, 2017 10:09 am

You can either use the design program, or else just order the 300 Fryxell and add a note saying that you want it to be 325 gr. rather than 300.

I'll try to add a 325 gr. for ballard rifling to the standard designs in the next few days.

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Re: 325 gr Design for Ballard Remlin

Postby MQ1 » Sat Nov 04, 2017 1:14 pm

Mntngn,

I placed my order for a 300 Fryxell Ballard and paid with Paypal, however there was not a point in the process where I could specify to make it 325 gr instead of 300 gr.

The order is from Christopher L. from Livermore, CA. If you need me to verify anything, just let me know.

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Re: 325 gr Design for Ballard Remlin

Postby MQ1 » Mon Nov 13, 2017 7:48 pm

Mtngn,

All I can say is wow...the mold arrived today and I’m hoping to warm up some wheelweights tonight and drop a few.

That is easily the fastest service I’ve been blessed to experience. Looking forward to giving you an on game performance review before too long.

Great Service!

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Re: 325 gr Design for Ballard Remlin

Postby mtngun » Tue Nov 14, 2017 6:19 am

Please let me know if the bullet cycles and chambers OK.

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Re: 325 gr Design for Ballard Remlin

Postby MQ1 » Tue Nov 14, 2017 4:13 pm

Will do.

I had a chance to cast about 50 boolits...the mold works well, and seems to like it hot. I like the lip on the heel for the gascheck...it looks like it will become my bellweather for a good cast.

Do you have a reccomended casting temp?

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