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American Handgunner March/April 2011 - Page 48
This is the cast bullet load Duke mostly relies on for the .380 Auto, shown with a a 95grain Winchester SXT factory load at left. The 90-grain cast bullet is from a Lyman mould #356242. This mould is available in both 90 and 120-grain weights. Upon buying the 8mm Nambu pistol Duke was more than happy to discover RCBS catalogs a special order mould #8mm-110-NAMBU for it. Shown at left is an original Japanese military load. common misconception held by many pistol cartridge handloaders is they can’t use cast bullets in their autoloaders. That’s simply not correct. Cast bullets can make fine pistol projectiles costing a fraction of comparable weight jacketed bullets. The only caveat I have about using cast bullets in autoloaders comes with those such as Glocks where their instruction booklets say not to use them due to their unique form of rifling. That’s why I don’t own any such pistols. Now be very sure of this. I’m not saying lead alloy pistol bullets will completely replace jacketed bullets. When checking his auto-pistol cast bullet handloads Duke always checks them on paper at ranges of from 50' to 75' to make certain they hit suitably close to point of aim. Duke says, “If you’re going to handload for a couple of real oddballs like these it definitely helps to cast your own bullets because jacketed bullets in these calibers are very scarce. At left is a 1944 vintage Japanese Type 14 8mm Nambu. At right is a French Model 1935A in the odd 7.65mm French Long caliber. 48 WWW.AMERICANHANDGUNNER.COM • MARCH/APRIL2011