Copper bullets

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With California requiring all big game hunting next year to be done with all-copper bullets, does anyone have information on whether there are any reloading differences/nuances that need to be adhered to? I have never reloaded 100% copper bullets and still have a cache of lead jacketed .308 Hornady and Sierra slugs for my .308 and .30-06. I've read that copper bullets of the same weight are necessarily longer and that the ogive bearing surface can spike pressures from a normal handload. Where's a good book/place to bone up on these non-lead projectiles? Thanks.
 



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There is a lot of info the the manufacturer of the bullet you are using. Example I use barnes ttsx and the have loading data. Nosler etc etc. what bullets are you using or thinking about using?


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Thanks Revo. I plan to hit the local Sportsman's and pick up a Barnes reloading manual. Was looking at the TTSX and TSX in anywhere from 130 to 180 grs. Do you know if the all-copper bullets require additional barrel cleaning efforts and would alternating my lead rounds for practice and sighting in all-coppers for hunting gum up the works?
 

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i thought it was lead that clogged the rifling not Copper ?
 

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You can try a copper solvent, that's what i use to get my rifle clean clean. The stuff is strong so read the instructions and the precautions. It's also a good recommendation to use a stiff nylon brush.
 

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I've loaded the TSX in my .270WSM, .300Savage, .338 and 7mm using my exact lead load with no pressure problems or anything and accuracy has been outstanding and highly recommend them. I do plan to get a Barnes loading manual though just to be on the safe side and get some new ideas especially with all of the new powders that are on the market today.
 

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You don't need to buy the Barnes manual, they publish the current load info on their website.
 

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I load the Nosler e tips 140 gr for my 7-08. They are quite long for the weight. You’ll need a reloading manual to look up a good start charge.
 

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Barnes has their loading data online for download for each of their projectiles.
 


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