where to buy? - 100gr cast TC for the .380

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  1. Bindernut

    Bindernut Well-Known Member

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    Does anyone know of a bullet company that's casting a 100gr truncated cone design for the .380/9mm?

    I had stocked up on this design from National Bullet Co back in the mid-90s and they're a super little small-game load in my .380 Mak. Much better than a LRN on small critters. Hits bunnies like a sledgehammer and doesn't tear up much meat.
    NBC closed up shop a few years back and I haven't found any other company that has this weight/design.
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    Yeah I've got 95gr LRNs. I use them for general plinking. I really like the way that the TC bullets smack bunnies compared to the RN though and it cycles great through my Mak.

    I know NBC was selling off their equipment after things went south with them guys a while back...am still hoping that some other company picked up that 100gr TC mold and would start carrying it.
    I've still got about 400 of those NBC 100grTCs left so I've still got a bit of time to find an alternative.

    Not sure how a 120gr would load up in the .380...not much data out there for anything over 95/100gr. You got a good WW231/HP38 working load for that 120 grainer?
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    Im sure i do, Ill dig through my notes. I have loaded that thing in everything from the .380(9X17) to the .357 sig... be back in a sec...
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    found em... Back in march 2008 I developed a load in a beretta 84 cheetah for a friend of mine with this bullet (LEE 120 gr. TC) cast from WW alloy and lubed with Alox and sized to .355". I used data listed in Lyman 49th for the .380 and Lyman mould #356242 120 gr. LRN. 2.1 gr W231 to start and 3.2 gr MAX, My best load had them over 2.5 gr. W231 capped with a WSP and a COL of .975" My notes says mild recoil and 2" 25 yd. groups from rest. I dont remember the details of the load development because i have probably developed several hundred loads since then... Thats why I write stuff down...;) I dont remember what I had for luch yesterday...:eek:
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    Thank you much! I'll pencil that in as a future possibility.
    Don't know if I'll ever get into casting my own but who knows...
    I know what you mean about writing things down! Those journal notes come in real handy. I've got one going back to shortly after my fire in '94 and I still need to flip back through that thing for my "keepers".
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