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OK, so this is way out there so just humor me.

I have several hundred .311 WWII milsurp projectiles around 150 gn weight. The problem is they are tracers with an open bottom. Most won't trace and I have to de-mil them anyway because of where I live. They are extremely long to accommodate the trace material.

I'm having a hard time finding 123 gn bullets for loading in my SKS, so here is my idea;

1. De-mil the tracers by leaching out the trace material with a good soak in water. I've seen it done before.
2. Carefully trim the base of the projectile off and leave just enough of a copper lip at the bottom to fold over to make a lighter bullet. Or, just cut it to the base of the lead core.

I know it sounds like WAY too much work but where I live it's getting extremely hard to buy reloading materials.

I guess what I need is info from people who have had experience modifying projectiles on the bottom end. I understand that I need to go about it slowly so as not to separate the copper jacket from the lead core.

I know it sounds dumb and I won't be offended by anything so all feel free to chime in.

Michael
 

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Seems to me that it would be extremely difficult to modify them all to the same weight within reasonable limits. But hey, if you got the time, go for it.
 

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I think itll work just fine. I wouldn't expect fine accuracy but they'll do to to shoot rocks and beer cans with
 

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Try firing a few before before you do the work to several hundred. I would especially look out for lead building up in your bore.
 

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I believe tracers are not lawful where I live.
Not sure where you live but in California, they are illegal due to fire hazard. Sometimes I get them in a box of Milsurp so I de-mil them by leaching it out in water. The trace material will dissolve after a day or so in water.
 
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