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Wrappling bullets with teflon plumber's tape?
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July 23, 2023 - 12:56 pm
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I recently saw this referenced on another forum.  I had never heard of it before.  Apparently some use it instead of lube.  Others use for an undersized bullet.  Anyone have experience with this?

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Yep, whatcha jiggy does it in his book, apparently with great results. I haven’t tried it yet but am always just about ready to!  He uses it over lube and heats it a bit with a lighter to shrink it on the bullet. He then puts a gas check on the base. 

 

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  I have always found his book interesting. He states in the Preface of his book,”My personal documented experiences include firing 750,000 rounds and maintaining a journal of these firings. The journal not only records the firearms and bullets used, but also includes the targets, recovered bullets, pictures and autopsy notes, indexed and categorized for study.” Clyde “Snooky” Williamson      T/R

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Same principal as paper-patched bullets once used for BP target shooting.  Though shooters eventually found greased bullets gave better accuracy & patching died out.

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Lube is cheap, Teflon tape a bit pricey and fussy. I use lead bullets and lube because I want to do it the way it was done back in the day. But yes, some folks on the cast bullet forum I used to frequent reported good results with Teflon tape. Powder coating was a big thing awhile back, maybe still is. 

 

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TXGunNut said
Lube is cheap, Teflon tape a bit pricey and fussy. I use lead bullets and lube because I want to do it the way it was done back in the day. But yes, some folks on the cast bullet forum I used to frequent reported good results with Teflon tape. Powder coating was a big thing awhile back, maybe still is. 

 

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Yep, this powder coating thing is still all the rage. Seems to create more problems than it cures. I can’t see the sense in it.

Williamson’s book is quite a resource with some very good information. I don’t agree with all of his theories, he’s going way too hot with most of his loads. Yes, his guns handled them, but I believe those old actions and the metal they were machined from weren’t designed for that type of repeated punishment. I’d not buy a gun I know he owned.

I believe in the old black powder velocities. They kill game dead. If you want super-fast velocity and the ability to blow up game, go with a bolt gun in one of the super-duper magnums they have these days.

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I was thinking about it as a way to deal with bullets that are undersized for the bore.  For example, a .375 bullet matched up to a bore size of .377 to .381.  There’s lots of examples of how this would apply to rifles I have.

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I was thinking about it as a way to deal with bullets that are undersized for the bore.  For example, a .375 bullet matched up to a bore size of .377 to .381.  There’s lots of examples of how this would apply to rifles I have.

  

That would be a lot of wraps with tape. I’m not sure you could get it on there that thick. But I don’t know, never tried it yet.

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I was thinking about it as a way to deal with bullets that are undersized for the bore.  For example, a .375 bullet matched up to a bore size of .377 to .381. steve004 said

Limiting factor is diameter that can be seated in case mouth.  You can ream the neck to gain a bit of leeway, at the eventual cost of split necks.  Or forget seating in the case & breech seat them as was commonly done in days of BP match shooting.

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clarence said

I was thinking about it as a way to deal with bullets that are undersized for the bore.  For example, a .375 bullet matched up to a bore size of .377 to .381. steve004 said

Limiting factor is diameter that can be seated in case mouth.  You can ream the neck to gain a bit of leeway, at the eventual cost of split necks.  Or forget seating in the case & breech seat them as was commonly done in days of BP match shooting.

  

I suppose this is the same limiting factor when trying to use an adequately sized cast bullet (e.g. a .381 diameter in a .38-55 – when the bore measures that large).  

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