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Since you asked about my 416 Taylor in another thread, I thought I'd start a new one.

First off, I'd like to make it clear that I fairly new at loading cast bullets in rifles.  I've been reloading for about 7 years, and have loaded hundreds (I know, not really a big number) of lead bullets in my .45 ACP.  

Why the disclaimer?  Because I haven't gotten very good accuracy with these cast bullets yet.  I want everyone to know that the problem most likely lies with me, not Beartooth.

Okay, the data...

All bullets were 335gr; .416 LFN's.  Rifle is a M70 Classic, with 23" Douglas barrel, 1-12" twist.  Brass was brand new Winchester 458WM necked down to .416", Fed 215 primers.

30gr of SR4759 clocked 1622fps.
Accuracy was 5-6 inches.  This load did not fully fire-form (sharpen the shoulder) the new brass.  It was very easy on the shoulder!

35gr of SR4759 was not chrono'd due to rain.  
Same accuracy, brass was properly fire-formed.

62gr of IMR3031 clocked at 2350fps.
Same accuracy, and quite smokey!

All the bullets were seated long enough to make it slightly hard to close the bolt.  But due to very long throating, none were touching the rifleing.  I think they were just getting wedged into the throat, and contacting on the straight side of the bullets.  There was one lube groove showing after seated, and I wiped the lube off of the exposed portion of the bullet.  There didn't appear to be any leading.  I attribute that to the manafacture (thanks Marshall!) and the gas check.

Being new at this part of the game, I'm ready to listen to any advice about shooting lead bullets at the 2400 fps speed.

Thanks Gents!

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Reloader 15 is my powder of choice for those nasty jacketed bullets. <!--emo&;)--><img src="" border="0" valign="absmiddle" alt=';)'><!--endemo-->

I will try some with Marshalls bullets though.

Are the "M" dies universal?  Since the 416 Taylor is a wildcat, I doubt they have any in stock.  Perhaps a 416 Remington die?  No, that is too long I imagine.  I'd need a short .416 cartridge die.  Honestly, I don't know, I've never used a "M" die, although I know what your talking about.  Keep meaning to send a few cases to Lee, so they will make me up a Factory Crimp die too.
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