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    Question re: HSM Cowboy loads

    I'm thinking of settling on these as a fun/pleasure shooting round, HSM Cowboy Action 44Mag 240gr Hard Cast Lead Semi Wadcutters:

    https://www.midwayusa.com/product/1018135345

    They are smoky, but I'm ok with that (I've tried them in .44 special).

    As they aren't jacketed, I have a concern re: leading of the barrel. I've done some net snooping and found a few forum comments that leading is not a problem with these rounds (they're hard cast). Went to the HSM site and didn't find a mention of it. So looking for a little more consensus before I plunk down the $$$.

    Anyone has experience with these rounds re: leading or not?

    TIA~
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    If they are properly cast to the correct hardness it won't be a problem. Millions of people wouldn't be shooting those rounds if there were an issue. Having said that I did do some research on cleaners and ended up choosing this one as being good for lead deposits. I figure it can't hurt to be thorough.

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    Thanks, Tony, and thanks also for the lead cleaner advice - been shooting for a few years, but I need to know more about these issues, and specific recommendations are very helpful.

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    Not sure about their Cowboy loads, I use the HSM Bear Loads in my .500 S&W when I really want to feel the recoil. Never a problem with them.
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    Used a Lewis lead remover for years to remove lead from revolver barrels. They work great. Now buy Chore boy copper scrubbers, cut up in strips wrap bore brush and clean bore. Pulls all the lead out.
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    Oops, posted in wrong section

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    Moved to ammo.
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    I shot their Cowboy action loads in 45 colt until I started reloading for that caliber. Never had a problem with them in my Pietta SAA. haven't even chambered a round in my Big boy brass in 45 colt so I can't address that part. I think I still have 1/2 a box left to test with.
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    I’ve been shooting cast lead 44 Mag for over 40 years. In fact, my dad and I cast these and loaded them ourselves. No, we didn’t do QA or hardness standards - just melted wheel weights. With routine maintenance, never encountered any “leading” problems. I’ve read that with modern day cleaners and lubes there is very low risk of corrosion and local leading problems. I go so far as to shoot lead loads in polygonal rifled barrels.

    i really think you should be OK.
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    Appreciate the replies - thanks!

 

 
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