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potatohead 02-03-2011 03:49 PM

.19 cal bullets
Hello everyone, I've been looking through this forum for a bit now and just signed up. I have a 19 badger and was wanting to know what it would take to make the .19 cal bullets from .20 cal bullets. James makes some very nice products but I'm not a fan of the bullet coating used. To me it seems thick and when it builds up in the barrel it seems gummy.....this is only MY opinion.

Thanks for your time.


cmatera 02-03-2011 05:11 PM

I'd like to know what it would take too, just in case he ever quits making them AND it would be nice to have more choices for accuracy and fur friendliness than just his double HP's.

ray h 02-03-2011 05:15 PM

Bill West was the first person I heard of sizing the bullets down and then RicN did a lot of work developing a system. Maybe he'll see this if not try PMing Ric.

william t. oviatt 02-03-2011 07:29 PM

Have you tried the newer 32 ST (Nosler) bullets-they perform very well!
The bullet coating I think, is a Zink derivative-I have not had a "gumming" issue in barrels. I use AA1680- I know James prefers the AA2200, now, but I just can't believe I could get any better performance than I get now with the 1680.
Plus, I have too much of it to buy more/different powder! The powder residue is very black, but cleans easily.

cmatera 02-04-2011 12:54 AM

No, I have not tried the 32 ST but I will. I like the AA1680 too. I have about 8 or 10# of it. The dirtiness doesn't bother me either. It cleans up very easily. I do also shoot some Vit N120 and have about 6 or 8# of it as well. It burns pretty clean.

17VLD 02-04-2011 02:30 AM

You can buy a swaging die...
I believe Corbin makes them,they take the 20 cals down to 19 cal.
Pretty sure James starts with the 32grn Nosler to make his Sabre tips.
I remember way back when James was considering making these
poly tip bullets his biggest hurdle was finding dies to make the little tips.
I'm glad he is doing this for us I for one like the polys with their better bc.

kenbro 02-04-2011 06:30 AM

Does anyone know the bc of J.Calhoons bullets?
I'm using a 19fb with R7 and H4198. Barrel has over 150 rounds down and still gets fouled after only a few shots.

Dick Kohles 02-04-2011 11:58 AM

19 cal bullets. 32 gr ST
Did ballistic tests on the .198" 32 gr Nosier ST from Mr. Calhoon and and found the ballistic coefficient to be .235.

kenbro 02-04-2011 06:51 PM

Thanks very much Dick,
That will be the G7 BC?

potatohead 02-04-2011 07:03 PM

I remember RickN wrote about the process. I was hoping to hear again how he did his and where he bought the dies/die to preform this task. Thanks everyone for your input!

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