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Posted: 4/11/2006 5:13:13 PM EDT
I recently purchased some reloaded 5.56 red tip tracers, and many have the deepest pull marks on the bullets I have ever seen. The holes don't go to the lead or anything, but they are very noticable. Without a photo to show exactly what they look like, can anyone tell me if this could be a problem? Is it possible that the jagged edges could damage my bore? I can supply a pic if necessary, but likely not until tomorrow or so.
Thanks for any help.
Link Posted: 4/11/2006 6:13:05 PM EDT
Pics would work.
Link Posted: 4/11/2006 7:54:01 PM EDT
It could be a problem... if the bullets were not resized before loading. I'd take a good set of calipers and check the dia above and below the pull marks... it should be .224 a bit more say up to .225 should be Ok but even that could give you pressure problems if the powder charge is hot. The only real problems the pull marks can give you is over pressure due to over size bullet dia and/or poor accuracy... if the jagged edges of the pull marks some how damage your bore you have MUCH bigger problems than shooting pulled down bullets... butter soft barrel steel comes to mindheck
John
Link Posted: 4/12/2006 6:15:44 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/12/2006 6:20:39 AM EDT by safetyhit]
Thanks for the advice.

I realize now that I should have added that I bought them already reloaded. Not sure if that makes a difference as far as your advice, John. Seems like they were not worth the aggravation.
Link Posted: 4/12/2006 10:32:52 PM EDT
sorry for not being clear...

I knew they were all ready loaded... what I would do is measure the loaded bullet just above the case mouth, right at the pull mark and just above the pull mark... if you have.224 your golden blast um... if you see .225 be cautious... If you don't have many it's probably not worth the risk... if you do decide to shoot them make sure you watch for signs of pressure... a slightly over size bullet not only is tighter going down the bore but it also expands the case mouth more creating a better case mouth seal and that = more pressure. If you don't see flattening/firing pin flow on the primer, etching of the bolt face machine marks on the base of the case, extractor flow and so on go ahead and shoot them. I'd say anything over .225 is a NOGO... not worth the risk IMHO.

Chances are the bullets were resized before reloading... just in case check um.

John
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