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  1. May 20, 2019 #1

    Jamie Hardwick

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    As some of you know, I am really new to the ML game and I just purchased a new .50 caliber lyman GPH. When I ordered it, I also ordered a .50 caliber bullet sizing pack from No Excuses. So today, after cleaning all the shipping grease out of the barrel I started to use the sizing pack. A short story shorter, all slide down effortlessly save for the .504. But even the .504 (the largest they make) went in with very light/moderate pressure from my thumb and even less from the ramrod to seat it. Is this right?

    I have heard the term "slip fit" a few times but thought that it only applied to bullets deliberately undersized with hollow bases. Are No Excuses bullets slip fit? Is this what paper patching is for? I'm not sure where to go from here since I'm not sure a bullet that was that easy to load will be good for hunting?
    Any input will be much appreciated and thanks again everyone for helping me figure this all out.
     
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    Light thumb pressure w/moderate pressure should be good.. no excuse are slip fit conical.. take and roll your conical between 2 new bastard files lightly and that will increase bullet diameter and make a better fit, its called knurling.. do a search here on the forum and there are some good treads on doing it. You can also fire a squib load of 20-30 gr of powder and will make it fit tighter, just do this before your 1st shot.
     
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    Jamie Hardwick

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    Here is what it looks like after pulling it out.[​IMG]
     

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    I've got a White rifle that is a bit oversized. I will shoot a fouling load (30 grs of powder-no bullet) before the first shot or a couple wraps of dental floss around the bullet does the trick on that first bullet on a clean bore
     
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    Jamie Hardwick

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    Ive never heard of knurling before, it looks like it will do the trick.

    Edmehlig - Thank you for the link, He seems like he has a lot of choices. Ill give him an email.
     
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    I use pink teflon tape on my bullets in all my White rifle's. Just one wrap around bullets makes a perfect fit.
     
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    Jamie I sent you a conversation request to email me. I may be able to help you with your bullet issue.
     
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