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#1 cj1026

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Posted 07 May 2010 - 01:30 PM

So I recently got a new Tikka T3 Lite in .243.Ammo selection on the shelf kidda sucks right now. I got some Hornady 100gr. BTSP from Bass Pro. What I really wanted was some 58gr V-Max but I haven't been able to find jack.Well Bud's Gun Shop had 58gr V-Max Moly. So I bought 6 box's.Has anyone used the molly before? Is it an good? I bon't like the mess the moly it leaves in my .308.Could I pull the bullets and replace with 58gr V-Max non-moly bullets?

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Posted 07 May 2010 - 01:47 PM

I shot some moly handloads for a few years and stopped when I switched to Nosler BTs maybe 4-5 yrs ago. The moly phenomenon was a mixture of voodoo and science and I don't know for sure exactly what it did even though I shot hundreds of rounds of it. Some would swear by moly and others would swear at it. I would shoot the moly boxes you have and not go through the hassle of pulling 6 boxes of bullets. Moly is a little finicky. You will need to shoot it a while to get the barrel coated and accuracy will improve for a while. Eventually it will start to fall (probably not before you shoot all 120 rds though) and you will need to clean the barrel back dwon to metal and start the process over again when accuracy falls or at least that is what I did. I would do some bench rest shooting and compare the first groups with groups after 15 shots or so and see if they change. I can remember about 5 years ago when maybe half od the predator hunters would be using moly. I have not seen it used on the rifle range this year. I bet you will get a variety of stories on it.

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Posted 07 May 2010 - 03:16 PM

If you have access to a tumbler, just dump em in for a while and the Media will remove the Moly, they wont be as shiney as regular bullets, but it will remove the Moly.
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Posted 07 May 2010 - 03:25 PM

Moly attracts moisture too and can be more difficult to remove from your barrel.

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Posted 07 May 2010 - 06:34 PM

Yeah I hate cleaning my barrel after a few rounds of moly coated bullets.Can I tumble loaded rpunds? Doesn't seem like it would be safe.

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Posted 07 May 2010 - 06:49 PM

I know folks that do it with FPs and pistol rounds - not sure about hard pointed bullets. One concern I have read with certain powders is a break up effect that changes burn rate.

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Posted 07 May 2010 - 07:23 PM

I know folks that do it with FPs and pistol rounds - not sure about hard pointed bullets. One concern I have read with certain powders is a break up effect that changes burn rate.

I polish mine all the time after reloading. The reason I do is because of reading simple replies on this subject. How do the Loaded rounds arrive to the stores? Are they transported somehow in vibrationless containers? If not, then they probably get rattled around alot on the wy to the store. Using this Logic, I started tumbling my loads after reloading and havent seen a problem. I have read alot of threads on different forums and most were the same answer. Im not saying to leave em in overnight, but I doubt that it will hurt the rounds. BTW I have 50 I need to take out of the tumbler. Good Luck.
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Posted 07 May 2010 - 08:30 PM

If you have access to a tumbler, just dump em in for a while and the Media will remove the Moly, they wont be as shiney as regular bullets, but it will remove the Moly.

+1 :yikes[1]: In the past I got a couple good deals on some moly bullets that someone didn't like so I just tumbled the heck out of em and they worked just fine.

I polish mine all the time after reloading. The reason I do is because of reading simple replies on this subject. How do the Loaded rounds arrive to the stores? Are they transported somehow in vibrationless containers? If not, then they probably get rattled around alot on the wy to the store. Using this Logic, I started tumbling my loads after reloading and havent seen a problem. I have read alot of threads on different forums and most were the same answer. Im not saying to leave em in overnight, but I doubt that it will hurt the rounds. BTW I have 50 I need to take out of the tumbler. Good Luck.

+2 :lol: I do that too. Ammo stays looking nice for alot longer when you get all of the oils from your hands off of the cartridges.
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Posted 07 May 2010 - 09:05 PM

My brother gave me a 30-06 to sight in for him. He also gave me a box of cartridges in a leather carrier. They had been in there probably 20 years and by now were quite green. I tossed them in the tumbler, after wiping them down good with an old towel, and after a couple of hours they look like new cartridges. I would not have wanted to chamber one of them before doing this. They were nasty!
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Posted 12 May 2010 - 05:49 AM

Not that the bullets were loaded but, In 1990 I sold all my reloading gear in a yard sale and I found a box of speer 100gr bullets for the .243. They were nasty looking green lol, I tumbled them now they are brown/brass color. I don't know why I keep them I don't have a .243 anymore either but I due.
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Posted 12 September 2010 - 12:13 PM

Yeah I hate cleaning my barrel after a few rounds of moly coated bullets.Can I tumble loaded rpunds? Doesn't seem like it would be safe.

Pull the bullets first ,tumble and reseat them. Ive shot them in my 7mm mag I just would treet them like the rest . Thay shot real nice but I dont shoot that thang enough to mess with molly.
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