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8 mm X57 (360) .313 cal bullet, all bullet weights
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85gr LRN 5.0 grunique Unknown Fed LR guest
Many fine old drilllings use 8 mm X 57(360). Unavailable for a long time, Brass may be bought from Huntingtons. Or you can fake it with 30/30 brass as describve below. The load described above is a good Plinker. Shoots about one inch high at 50 yards with my Krieghoff drilling. So tricks just to get your gun shooting: 1) To make plinker brass without dies, thin the rim on 30/30 brass by filing or grinding base until your gun cloees on it. Anneal by heating almost red hot and then throwing in a bucket of water. If rifle primers stand "proud" of pocket, use large pistol primers, which are thinner. 2) 3-4 grains of Red Dot under a .323 round ball shoots almost to point of aim at 50 yards. Just load the case as above and press the ball into the case mouth. I put a little fiberfill over the powder, but this may not be necessary. A light wack with a rubber mallet drives the ball tighter. You can do the same with a 60-115 grain 32 cal (.312-.314) pistol bullet reversed. Gives about 22 LR power. The case will fireform on the first shot. It is a little short, but this does not seem to affect accuracy. While the round ball can simply be pressed to fit, you can use about any 32 pistol die to snug the neck around regular bullets when reloading.

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