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Having a little 22 Bator fun.
« on: March 19, 2021, 01:07:48 AM »
I bought the mold seven (7) years ago, in April of 2014.  Has it been that long?  In April of 2015 I got around to casting a few, which was early in my learning curve for that boolit mold.  These first "plinkers" were weight sorted, wrinkled, few culled back into the pot, water dropped, gas checked, sized to 0.225", lubed, and shot on a 2" x 2" black with 1" diameter white target.  The "best" powder load for boolit weight (50.5 gr.) and bull barrel combination was:

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Now, 2021, I have returned my focus to the Bator, pouring them in multiple thousands with very few rejects.  For fun, I loaded the last of the 2015 plinker rejects into some set aside cases with improperly "mashed" primers (the military crimp had not previously been removed - another learning curve), measured powder, similar c.o.a.l, and headed to the range to shoot them up.  Why not put them on paper targets IF the primers go off, if not, meh?

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I shot the lower 4" x 4" red with 2" diameter white target labeled "1" first, then "2", then "3" adjusting the scope as noted.  Not impressive results, but fun none-the-less.  I will follow these at the range this coming week with some very well made Bator rounds just as soon as this poor weather passes (rain mostly).  I expect MUCH better results from the Bull Barrel Handi-rifle and if not with this IMR4227 powder, then I'll find another.

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Re: Having a little 22 Bator fun.
« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2021, 07:17:19 AM »
I size that Bullet to .229 for the Throat of My Handi...

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Re: Having a little 22 Bator fun.
« Reply #2 on: March 19, 2021, 11:22:53 AM »
No leading for me at an interpolated (Lyman #4) 2110 fps.  Perhaps I will need to size these boolits larger as I move forward with more accurate rounds, but that assumes I can FIND a larger 223 lube-sizer die in some supply house.

Note:  There is no 50.5 grain boolit in Lyman #4.  I interpolated between 44 grain and 55 grain boolit velocity for IMR4227 powder.