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Oregon Trail Bullets

Post by Mistered » Sat Oct 05, 2019 6:03 pm

Oregon Trail Bullets is currently offering some great deals on their Laser Cast bullets.
For example they have 158 grain .358 SWC or RNFP for $35.00/500.
Even with shipping I can get these for less than what I have been with plated bullets locally.

If they were simply hard cast lead I would not do it but the Laser Cast variety has a unique 'recipe' that contains silver.
I used to use these exclusively and some of the most accurate .45 ACP rounds I have ever shot were with Laser Cast.

Anyway I think I am going to take a 'step back' (away from plated) and order a box of the .358 SWCs and see how they shoot out of my BBB.
I have not had good luck with standard hard cast so Ill take a chance on the Laser Cast.

I have four guns that shoot this caliber so no biggee if they don't perform well out of the Henry but I have a feeling they will.

https://oregontrailbullets.com/xcart/?t ... duct_id=28
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Re: Oregon Trail Bullets

Post by wingnut » Sun Oct 06, 2019 10:45 am

I've been using them for years in my 357 Mag & 45LC T/C Contender (10 inch barrels) for hunting big game.

OP- I might even have some spare .358 FN 180g if you want to try them.
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Post by Mistered » Sun Oct 06, 2019 1:55 pm

OP- I might even have some spare .358 FN 180g if you want to try them.
Thanks - might take you up on that!
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Re: Oregon Trail Bullets

Post by Rifletom » Sun Oct 06, 2019 2:20 pm

Mistered, can you load the Laser-cast like a "coated" lead bullet? That is, a little bit hotter than naked lead. Curious. Thanks. I'm thinking of my .45 Colt.
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Re: Oregon Trail Bullets

Post by Mistered » Sun Oct 06, 2019 3:02 pm

Mistered, can you load the Laser-cast like a "coated" lead bullet?
By golly look what I found:
https://oregontrailbullets.com/xcart/im ... manual.pdf

I am studying the .357 data and it shows loads just below what are typically top end for jacketed bullets.

The only thing that confuses me is their website shows the LC bullets to be 12 Brinnell hardness but the load manual shows they are 24 BNH.

I am going to email them for an answer.
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Re: Oregon Trail Bullets

Post by Vaquero » Mon Oct 07, 2019 5:34 am

Mistered wrote:
Sun Oct 06, 2019 3:02 pm
Mistered, can you load the Laser-cast like a "coated" lead bullet?
By golly look what I found:
https://oregontrailbullets.com/xcart/im ... manual.pdf

I am studying the .357 data and it shows loads just below what are typically top end for jacketed bullets.

The only thing that confuses me is their website shows the LC bullets to be 12 Brinnell hardness but the load manual shows they are 24 BNH.

I am going to email them for an answer.
That is interesting, like to see what they say.
Bet they'd do good in the Rossi.
I still have a few 180 gr powder coated that a friend sent me to try.
They work well,
But he passed away back in Jan.

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Re: Oregon Trail Bullets

Post by Mistered » Mon Oct 07, 2019 12:56 pm

Response to my email:
Ed I have purchased Oregon Trail bullets and have tested the in-stock
bullets and others from the 1980's

and have found that they are 15 BHN. I also own Rim Rock Bullets and I
know how to test the bullets.

So now the Oregon Trail are going to be advertised the right hardness
and yes the .38s will be at 12 BHN.

thanks Frank

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My reply:

Thanks for the reply!

So do you think they (OT) originally made a mistake in posting the hardness as 24 BHN?

I would have to think the data they originally printed would be incorrect then, I mean some of the .357 rifle loads exceed 1600 FPS and this seems too fast for a bullet of 12 BHN.

Your expert opinion please!

Thanks
Ed
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