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Do you use swaged or cast lead round ball?

  1. Swaged (2 votes [66.67%])

    Percentage of vote: 66.67%

  2. Cast (1 votes [33.33%])

    Percentage of vote: 33.33%

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#1 Jeremiah

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Posted 19 November 2008 - 05:44 PM

I had to do that, I apologize. :lol:

Swaged or cast? That is the question!

I have shot a good bit of both swaged lead round ball and cast lead round ball out of my flinter over the years and, in all honesty, I can not tell a difference in accuracy.

One person will claim that swaged is superior because it is stamped or pressed into final shape. This keeps there from being a pronounced seem or bump on the ball where the sprue (filling hole) in the mold was. I've even heard folks say that the tiny "dimples" all over the surface of a swaged round ball help with flight (sort of like a golf ball theory).

Another person will claim that the sprue bump left on a cast lead round ball, as well as the seem, can be oriented in the same manner shot after shot for superior consistency. In other words, even if these imperfections do cause a minor flight disturbance, it will be repeated the same way every time if the bump is oriented forward and the seam oriented vertically, for example, shot after shoot.

In my mind, I would think swaged is superior. However, as I mentioned in my open, I can not tell a difference in practice. Bear in mind I have a 1:48 twist barrel (as I've heard that can sometimes make a difference in which shoots best as well.)

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Posted 20 November 2008 - 04:19 PM

I too have shot both. I did not notice any great difference in the two. My only perception is you do have to locate the bump and make sure it is up when loading and there is no such step in using the swaged round ball. This can become a factor in speed loaders.
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Posted 20 November 2008 - 04:35 PM

I've never shot anything but the Hornady swaged .54 cal balls. Never had a reason to try anything else. I'm not a tinkerer by nature and if something works, what the heck, I stick with it.
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Posted 20 November 2008 - 04:52 PM

If two projectiles weigh the same and are launched at the same speed. Only distance will uncover any inherent inaccuracies.

If both shoot the same for you. Try shooting both at that distance plus 50 yards. ;)

IME, aerodynamic efficiencies only really exhibit superiority as distance is increased.

In short, if you see no difference try shooting both farther. :)
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Posted 20 November 2008 - 06:07 PM

But I can't see any farther than 100 yards with iron sights. :lol:

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Posted 20 November 2008 - 07:23 PM

Jere you are lucky I can't see more than 100 yds with or without sights Lol.
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Posted 20 November 2008 - 08:51 PM

Being strange as I am.. I once did a very detailed test with a 1-66 twist roundball barrel rifle. I tested Speer, Hornady, and home casted roundball. I used the same powder charge, patch, and swabbed between testing the different samples. I discovered that the swagged Speer shot the best group with a close second on the Hornady roundball. The home casted did real well, but not quite as good. Although at close distance of 35 yards it made little difference to the rifle what ball was being shot. I shoot mostly home casted ball.
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