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    bad news. I was real happy with my coated .45ACPfrom Brazos and got some .38 caliber stuff to try in .38 spl, .357 mag and .38 super. well the 125 gr i loaded for super and 150 for .357 magnum, both going about 1000fps from the loading manual estimate, BOTH lead the barrels. but unlike regular cast bullets where i had the worst leading near the beginning of the barrel, these seem to lead from about half way right to the muzzle. color me disappointed! is 1000fps too fast? I am waiting on a reply from Brazoz

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    Well that's not good news.
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    What was the brinell hardness? Too soft?
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    Quote Originally Posted by terryb View Post
    bad news. I was real happy with my coated .45ACPfrom Brazos and got some .38 caliber stuff to try in .38 spl, .357 mag and .38 super. well the 125 gr i loaded for super and 150 for .357 magnum, both going about 1000fps from the loading manual estimate, BOTH lead the barrels. but unlike regular cast bullets where i had the worst leading near the beginning of the barrel, these seem to lead from about half way right to the muzzle. color me disappointed! is 1000fps too fast? I am waiting on a reply from Brazoz
    well really 1000 FPS shouldn't be to fast unless its awful soft lead?
    I mean you are at sub sonic speed there!
    I am not into using lead myself but I believe that a couple other possibilities could be a barrel that is under size or projectiles that are well over size for the actual bore diameter?
    again some of the Lead Heads can comment on this as I am not a lead user , well except for the paint chips I ate off the window sills when growing up.
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    Brazoz has been real responsive to me. First looks like i need to go down in diameter for my S&W 686 to .356 as it slugs at .355. i should have slugged it first. My 38 super is .357 so i had bought .358. also Brazos thinks W231 and AA#2 may be too fast and may be blowing by the bullet before it gets fully in the barrel and to try something slower(I have some AA#7). Any opinions on their suggestions?
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    have you tried squashing them flat in a vise , or beating them flat with a hammer ? thats kind of the test to see if your coating is good . the coating should not crack
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    take a look on my post on powder coating if you will ---------
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    That was fun! yes coating sure sticks on well.
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    .357 leading appears to be fixed. Brazos suggested trying a slower powder so I loaded up a dz rounds of .357 ammo, same bullets and settings except I used 11gr of AA #7 instead of W231 and AA #2. Should have been near the same 1000 FPS. The result was a barrel that cleaned with a couple wipes of a patch with hoppes to get out the powder residue and the barrel was clean and no lead deposits!

    I have to compliment S&W. the stainless barrel on my 686 is the smoothest and shiniest barrel i have ever see. not a tool mark of any sort. and the single action is crisp and light breaks at 2.5lb with no perceptible creep or over travel and double action is a smooth 9-10 lb

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    Quote Originally Posted by terryb View Post
    .357 leading appears to be fixed. Brazos suggested trying a slower powder so I loaded up a dz rounds of .357 ammo, same bullets and settings except I used 11gr of AA #7 instead of W231 and AA #2. Should have been near the same 1000 FPS. The result was a barrel that cleaned with a couple wipes of a patch with hoppes to get out the powder residue and the barrel was clean and no lead deposits!

    I have to compliment S&W. the stainless barrel on my 686 is the smoothest and shiniest barrel i have ever see. not a tool mark of any sort. and the single action is crisp and light breaks at 2.5lb with no perceptible creep or over travel and double action is a smooth 9-10 lb
    Glad that you got an answer to the issue. I use HP38 in my 9mm with the Brazos product and will have to keep an eye on that application.
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    eggleston bullets is having a sale . i`ve used quite a few of these in the past with good results ,and shipping is reasonable . they make some .30 rifle bullets also --------------

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