.32 ACP in Lee Enfield .303

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Sirius63 posted this 4 days ago

Hi,

I saw some guys shooting .32 cast bullets from their Lee Enfield .303s, and I see a local manufacturer here in the UK sells  78grain .32 ACP bullets sized at .312 (same as the 165 grain bullets I already use). They are well made, and cheap for shooting at my range (only max distance 100yds). But I read also about re chambering for these rounds? This is not done by the shooters Im talking about.

Any guidance and suggestions most welcome. Im using Maxam CSB5 powder which is an approximation of Red Dot. Im using between 10-12 grains with the 165 gr bullet.

 

Many thanks, in advance.

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BigMan54 posted this 3 days ago

A sub caliber insert. 

It's a steel 303 shaped "cartridge case" that you put a smaller cartridge of the same caliber into from the rear. Then load the insert and fire as normal.

Sorry can't tell you the name of a manufacturer.  

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Spindrift posted this 3 days ago

Are the 78grs ACP bullets regular lubed, cast bullets, or are they copper plated?

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Sirius63 posted this 3 days ago

regular lubed cast bullets

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JeffinNZ posted this 3 days ago

4-5gr fast shotgun powder would give you rimfire velocity. I have done similar.

Cheers from New Zealand

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Sirius63 posted this 3 days ago

Thanks Jeffin NZ - sounds like a similar use to what I’ve seen here 👍

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Idahocaster posted this 3 days ago

I don't have a 303, but I have done a similar load with 30-30. Mine was 4.5 grains of Trailboss with a 90 grain semi wadcutter bullet. Like Jeff said, it is rimfire velocity and almost as quiet as rimfire too.

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Sirius63 posted this 3 days ago

 Thank you gentlemen. I plan to get hold of these bullets and will experiment with loads as described, after a little more research.

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Ed Harris posted this 2 days ago

I have a couple of the cartridge adapters, one by Winchester and another by Marbles.  The Marbles adapter body has four spring-fingers which grasp the cartridge when inserted in the front, such that the .32 ACP case is positioned where the chamber neck is. The rifle firing pin strikes a long plunger-type firing pin which sets off the cartridge.

The Winchester adapter is like a nickle-plated steel cartridge case and the cartridge is inserted from the rear, resulting in considerable free bullet travel before the bullet enters the rifling.

Group size with the Marble's adapter is in the order of an inch at 25 yards, the Winchester about twice that.

As for loading the light pistol bullets for gallery or small game loads in the .303 British case, I've had the best results using dead-soft bullets of nearly pure lead, as-cast and unsized at .314-.316" diameter, with the lightest powder charge which would reliably eject them from the barrel every time, about 3 grains of Bullseye, TiteGroup or Trail Boss is about right.  If using heavier charges take notice of the report and keep velocity subsonic.  Avoid loads which "crack~!"  Supersonic loads are OK for varmints as long as they don't lead the barrel, but in the military 1 in 10" twist barrels I have found them less accurate than slower loads.

 

 

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Sirius63 posted this 2 days ago

Many thanks - I anticipate simply approaching this "new" bullet with gallery/plinking in mind, so more useful info. Much appreciated.

 

Ralph

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Coydog posted this 2 days ago

I do not have the data with me  , I do use 32 cal bullets cast in my 30 cals and also 00 buck shot size down for the rifle . light loads for small game and just shooting 

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M3 Mitch posted this 14 hours ago

I *think* the collective wisdom is that seating these small cast bullets into "regular" brass gives better accuracy than sub-caliber adapters.  The sub caliber adapters do have a lot less air space in the case, but the appropriate powders, Bullseye, Unique, etc. are not much bothered by low loading density, and a case previously fired in you rifle will fit your chamber better than the sub-caliber adapters will.  Not that I have done extensive A vs. B testing or anything, just remembering what I have read over the years.

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