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February 7, 2014 / Gregory Williams

Back at the Bench #4

185gr SWC .452 inches in diameter. These are uncoated lead bullets with a band of blue lubricant.

185gr .452 diameter lead SWC
It was this lubricant that I believe was causing the feed problems in my 1911 way back when at one of these shoots.

The bullet and the charged case are ready to be assembled.
Here one of the bullets is ready to be pressed into a charged case. As I’ve mentioned before factory crimping is the next step. Technically crimping is an optional step in hand loading but I consider it a best practice for most of the calibers I’ve loaded.

an assembled round covered in residual lubricant.
After leaving the press this round is covered with extra lubricant. It’s easy enough to wipe off but is an entirely unnecessary step with other bullet types I’ve worked with.

breakage
Extra lubricant isn’t the only problem with these bullets. I have only experienced seating issues like this with these bullets, even other bullets I’ve used in .452 inch diameters have not done this.

The finished rounds are viable, it’s just to have any confidence in using them each round must be inspected and cleaned of extra lubricant. When errors like that shown above occur, it just wastes brass and powder since SWC’s are difficult to extract with most bullet pullers, and primers cannot be recovered from damaged rounds.

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