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Cornmeal forming bad on a new barrel??

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Old 01-22-2004, 01:07 PM
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Re: Cornmeal forming bad on a new barrel??

I have heard others doin this as well but never did it myself. I dont see how it would be hard on the bbl though.. I usually fireform with regular loads..

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Old 01-22-2004, 08:32 PM
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Re: Cornmeal forming bad on a new barrel??

I'm planning on COW FF for a wildcat. Even though the pressure will be there, heat and the cutting torch effect on the throat will surely be less.
And my max accurate barrel life may be extended to a whopping 700 rounds!
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Old 01-22-2004, 09:03 PM
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Re: Cornmeal forming bad on a new barrel??


As blubeemer stated, I've done alot of this in 7mmRUM ( very funny Mike [img]images/icons/grin.gif[/img] ). It stinks like cat $#!^, is a general pain to do, & you get funny looks at the range. BUT, I'd much rather do that than blast full house loads through an overbored rifle just to get brass fireformed.

Grits, toilet paper, Unique, & cheapo primers are FAR lees expensive than full-house match ammo.
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Old 01-23-2004, 12:06 AM
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Re: Cornmeal forming bad on a new barrel??

Jerry--that was my thought too but i had heard it could be bad for the barrel.

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Old 01-23-2004, 12:10 AM
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Re: Cornmeal forming bad on a new barrel??


I don't worry about barrel wear, but, If I did...

I'd buy a mold for 30 or 6.5 bullets, whatever fits in the gun, and shoot lead bullets to fireform. It's a rather well known idea that lead bullets don't wear a barrel. Why not fireform with cast bullets at a much lower charge?
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Old 01-23-2004, 12:29 AM
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Re: Cornmeal forming bad on a new barrel??

i have fireformed many wildcats with bullets and powder and accuracy can be outstanding,tried the COW method once,i just didnt feel it was worth it when u can get some great accuracy with bullets and powder while at the same time breaking in the barrel,and practice with the new rifle.my-2-dave
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Old 01-23-2004, 12:47 AM
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Re: Cornmeal forming bad on a new barrel??

I neck down the 338 Lapua to 30, then form with COW and a toilet paper on top.

26-30gr of 800X, and COW jammed in tight with a rod = fully formed every time. [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]

If I wasn't forcing the shoulder "back" to be able to chamber it, which makes the longer neck, I might do what Bountyhunter does too, but then again I have to turn necks to .125" to chamber a round, so again, I can't.

COW does not stink, never tried cornmeal. Instant COW seems less abrasive, if it were a problem.

If I was blowin the shoulder forward and din't have to fit the necks, I'd seat the bullets into the lands and go clang some steel. The case surely doesn't know it's not formed yet, and it will be before it ever hits peak pressure, I assure you.

28gr of 800X and COW in the 30-338 Lapua Imp runs about 37,000 psi.

With this method during testing, 15gr on up formed the cases perfectly, the only difference was the very base of the neck where it's real stiff ends up getting more brass reamed out from the K&M fluted cutter than really needs to be, so I kept uping the charge until it blew out there a couple more thou.

Optimally, nothing down the bore except your tuned loads would be nice. [img]images/icons/grin.gif[/img] Some guys have a forming barrel chamber and use it. Necessary? Better, but I'm not sure it's really woth it IMHO.
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