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    Q about Wadcutters

    Is there a difference between wadcutters and hollow base wadcutters—or is the latter just a longer name for the former? Also, how can one tell if a wadcutter is "hard cast?" The only wadcutters I can find that are advertised as hard cast are Buffalo Bore. Are there others?

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    The usual wadcutter is shaped the same on both ends, the hollowbase wadcutter is supposed to be a bit more accurate since it has most of the weight forward similar to a dart. Hard cast refers more to the alloy used; a pure lead bullet would be really soft cast whereas different alloys will differ in hardness. Here is a website that may explain it better. Cast bullet reference on lead alloy's, min / max pressure, lube, shrinkage,

    Be sure to click the link: From Ingot to Target: A Cast Bullet Guide for Handgunners it will take you to a whole book on lead bullets.
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    I just discovered that Double Tap also makes a hardcast wadcutter. Outside of Double Tap and Buffalo Bore, everything seems to be "soft."

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    At the modest velocities wadcutters are shot at hard-cast wadcutters are not that much better than a softer alloy, now when you are using SWCs and pushing them over 1000 fps or more then hard-cast is more important.
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    Quote Originally Posted by msgt/ret View Post
    At the modest velocities wadcutters are shot at hard-cast wadcutters are not that much better than a softer alloy, now when you are using SWCs and pushing them over 1000 fps or more then hard-cast is more important.
    Thank you. This has all been very helpful. :)

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    Glad to help.
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