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Old 04-30-2017, 11:49 PM
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Hi guys,

Been having alot of fun casting bullets for my S&W TRR8 (.357 mag). I dont hink I've quite dialed in the BHN yet, but getting there. It's easy enough to clean anyhow and accuracy is insane good!!!

Mostly I shoot 38 SPL out of it, for fun shooting and for small game hunting. This got me in love with 38 SPL. So I've seen alot of rifles suppressed that intrigue me, be it the Ruger 77/357 and the different lever action rifles as well. I've got a Silencerco Omega I'm waiting on now, and talking to my gun guy he suggested not using it on my 22LR because of leading.

So are the guys running suppressors on 357 rifles not using lead bullets? Do you then need to make sure your can is servicable? If so, this would lead me to believe integrally suppressed may be the winner here.

Any ideas? Thanks in advance for any thoughts.
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Old 05-02-2017, 10:05 PM
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I had a semi-auto Auto Ordnance Thompson. Cast lead bullets went through it as fast as you could pull the trigger. The lead buildup in the Cutts Compensator was very thick. I also have a compensated barrel for a 1911. Shooting 100 rounds will almost fill the bottom of the comp with lead/lube/powder residue.

Based on my experience with "lead buildup" , I woulded shoot lead in a suppressor unless it was 22 LR-- not much choice in that caliber.
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Old 05-02-2017, 11:03 PM
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I think the lube fouling is the biggest problem. I've shot hundreds of cast rounds through my 9mm AAC Illusion in the month that I've had it. All were powder coat and there isn't any build up of leading. I'm planning on getting a Rossi R92 in .357 and getting the barrel threaded once they become available again.

I wouldn't shoot regular lubed lead bullets unless you're planning on doing a detailed cleaning very regularly.

I've shot a couple hundred .22's through it also. Most .22 rounds don't have the same type of semi-liquid lube that a centerfire rounds typically uses. But .22 rounds are generally much dirtier than other rounds.

I have done one total strip down and cleaning of mine and it was a pain. Just the build up of carbon gets everywhere and isn't easy to clean. Imagine cleaning the muffler of you car.
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Old 05-03-2017, 09:45 AM
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I had a full auto MAC-10 in 9mm with a MAC suppressor. I shot 32 round mags of cast on full auto. And didn't have a leading problem, they were cast wheel weights and sized .357/358. The suppressors are made to be cleaned, by disassembly. However this may require special tool that don.t come with it. My dealer only ever sold one of the required spanned wrenches (to me) and I bought a Ridged strap wrench. I've sold the sub-gun, but kept the suppressor; I've taken it apart several times and only had to use bore cleaner/nitro solvent to get the powder "varnish" off the baffles. On this model they are 3" long spirals, so I soak them in a jar for half an hour while cleaning the firearm. Again, Lead has never been an issue.

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