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Wanted to slug an 8" TC barrel in 44 Mag the other day but found I really didn't have anything of soft lead and a suitable diameter.

Then a lightbulb went on. I had some 50 caliber round balls which are quite soft as they are virtually pure lead.

I simply placed the round ball between two pieces of steel plate. Then I rolled the top plate back and forth applying moderate pressure to the lead ball. Sure enough, the ball started to flatten into a nice, even cylinder from the "kneading".

Paused to check it with a calipers every few rolls and stopped when the diameter approached about .437"

In about 5 minutes or less, I had a very nice even cylinder which worked like gangbusters to slug the bore and resulted in a good measurement.

No rocket science here but, just a quick tip for you wonderful guys here at the forum. :biggrin: Besides, beats stocking a bunch of different diameter lead slugs.

One could also impregnate them for lapping and roll to the desired diameter in a pinch but, they would have to be evenly rolled

Regards, Ray
 

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The Hog Whisperer (Administrator)
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Ray, you're way too scientific (or patient).... I just whack them into the muzzle and let it shave off the excess!  Probably NOT the best way to do it, though.... good tip.
 

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Always knew you were a hammer and flame-wrench sort of guy!


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