Here's a modification I made to a .458 Remington 45/70 300gr.Rifle Bullet. My interest is for muzzleloading applications for which they perform excellently,but I see no reason they couldn't be used for what they're designed just with a better B.C.
Jebb, I run them through a custom made die that reshapes the nose into more of a spitzer, it still leaves a slight hollow pt. I gave up on trying to get the Barnes Originals and decided to use these, they're great and I've had excellent results out past 250 yrds.
these are dies that I made for myself, I'm not presently making any for resale. the listing in the classifieds for the bullets was when I first posted about the modification and I'm sure that listing ( in the classified section) is way back and possibly deleted. I am presently out of stock and I don't know when I will be replacing them.
Can you explain how you made the dies and what you used for the basic start?? I am on my last box of Barnes originals, and I need to find something to use. Will Your dies work for the 350's and up to the 500 grs as well??? Send me a PM and let me know how you made these dies.... .....email@example.com...... thanks
The noslers haven't been tried on game since I performed the reforming with the lead tip added. originally I just reshaped the existing nosler which forced the front lead core out of the hollow pt to form the spire pt.and narrowed the original hollow pt., I did shoot two mature moose this fall and expansion was less than ideal hence the added lead nose it left the original hollow pt close to original diameter which improved expansion ,test in mediums showed excellent expansion and penetration. The xtp ( non magnums) as shown and the remingtons have excellent terminal ballistics with extended range capabilities great penetration and weight retension of 80% on whitetails. The magnum version are a little heavier jacketed and expansion was lacking on deer size game. The pick below show both mods to the noslers the left without the lead and the right one with the added lead.
Also I forgot to mention all of the above bullets have been resized down to .450 dia. with no core seperation. Heres a pic of a cut away of some of the ones resized.
Hello, LikeJebb45, could you please describe how you make sizer dies? I made a reducer for 405 45's to 416 but the point comes out ugly. Your points are nice. How do you do that? thanks, Dan PM me if it is easier.
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I know this hasn't been talked about in awhile but I just found this post. I would be interested in information on doing this. I would like to reshape the noses of both .452 and .458 dia bullets. Thanks.
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Hello, Could you use the same die to put a spire point on the Remington 405gr .458 bullets for the 45/70? They already expand a little to good,so your not going to hurt that. A little better nose will realy aid the long range potential.
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the reason for spire pt. was for better long range performance. closing up the nose was also for better controlled expansion ( at least in theory) and results have been good. the dies I have are for .4515-.452 and a set for .458,the wt. of the bullet doesn't matter just the diameter, and a specific die is required for each, so yes the 405's could be done also.
Smokeeter....... Lets get down to business...how do you make the die and nose punch??????? I have a double 45-70 that I built and want to shoot a spitzer type bullet in it and no one and I mean no one makes a spitzer bullet for this caliber anymore since Barnes dropped their orginals. Please help with this problem.......jebb45
here's a 300 grain nosler that was modified , no lead buckshot added just squeezed the lead nose into a spitzer point. original mod.260 gr. with buckshot on the left and the 300 gr with no shot on the right, didn't like the blunt nose.
I did a similar process to 45 HTP with a top punch and a #4 buckshot and a lyman 450 lubrisizer press, the top punch was for spire pointed bullets so when pressed it formed the buck shot to be a spire point on the 45 HTP bullet
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Originally posted by raamw: I did a similar process to 45 HTP with a top punch and a #4 buckshot and a lyman 450 lubrisizer press, the top punch was for spire pointed bullets so when pressed it formed the buck shot to be a spire point on the 45 HTP bullet
I believe you inspired me ( from Dougs board) but I found that the #4 buckshot was just a friction fit and some shallower hollow pt bullets wouldn't secure the tip adequately. My nose punch is custom and with the aid of a hydraulic press I can squeeze the lead core out thru the hollow pt and form it into a spire pt.The 300 gr noslers are not a hollow pt but filled with the upper lead core which forms nicely in this application.
Smoke, where do you buy your dies and your press from? And how do you deside what size resizing die you need to resize a all copper Barnes ML bullet? IYRC, I bought some of your resized bullets and vials while you were over at Doug's. Thank's Arthur.
I got a new set of forming dies , It'll be used to reform and size to .458 diameter to work with my Full Forming die. I reformed 300 gr. XTP's and bumped them up from .452 to .458 diameter. It'll do everything but solid coppers.