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Willy1 
32 Cal.
Posts: 11
12-05-10 08:42 AM - Post#923646    


Does anybody know where I can get these at. I had some for my .50 and they shot real well, now would like to get some for my .54. The box I had for my .50 I got years ago and I cannot find them anywhere. Thanks for any info you might have.

 
CoyoteJoe 
70 Cal.
Posts: 4994
CoyoteJoe
12-05-10 09:21 AM - Post#923667    

    In response to Willy1

Could be mistaken but I believe they are out of business, at least the suppliers from which I used to buy Buffalo Balls no longer carry them.

 
BrownBear 
Cannon
Posts: 13673
BrownBear
12-05-10 10:56 AM - Post#923714    

    In response to CoyoteJoe

That's my understanding too. RIP. A metal dealer in LA reportedly picked up their machinery recently, but when I googled the name and checked their site, they didn't list any bullets yet. Sorry, but I don't recall the name.

You're likely to find them now and then from individuals or the backs of store shelves. I've picked up 9 boxes of 54 and 4 of 58 in the last year, but they came in with gun trades or someone gave them to me. I also recall seeing them in a couple of stores in my travels last spring. You might look around for the same kind of opportunities.

Hopefully the company that got the machines will come out with something before too long.

 
Anonymous 
12-05-10 12:47 PM - Post#923762    

    In response to Willy1

Hornady makes a PA conical that is about the same as the buffalo ballet. However, I believe they only make a .50 cal.

 
Rogue River 
45 Cal.
Posts: 911
Rogue River
12-06-10 04:37 AM - Post#924139    

    In response to Willy1

They are out of business! I tried to locate them a month or so ago with no success!

 
White Fox 
40 Cal.
Posts: 401
12-06-10 01:38 PM - Post#924340    

    In response to Willy1

This was good "ball". I used them for fire lapping.

Try checking Ebay. Also contact Deer Creek, they might still have some on the shelf. Deer Creek doesn't have a website, so you'll need to get contact info from Muzzle Blasts or Muzzleloader magazine.

 
GoodCheer 
75 Cal.
Posts: 5910
GoodCheer
12-07-10 06:35 AM - Post#924714    

    In response to White Fox

Womder if anyobody will make a mold.

 
ohio ramrod 
75 Cal.
Posts: 5732
12-07-10 07:27 AM - Post#924732    

    In response to GoodCheer

What i do is take the next size over round ball ( 50 caliber for 45 etc.) and run it through a sizing die and cut a banded ball. And use it with a patch the same as a round ball. I would offer to make you a sizing die but i went brain dead and lost a finger so I won't be making any thing for a couple of months.

 
BrownBear 
Cannon
Posts: 13673
BrownBear
12-07-10 09:50 AM - Post#924793    

    In response to ohio ramrod

Now that's a unique idea! Sorry bout the finer, but glad you'll get back in the swing.

 
Le Grand 
45 Cal.
Posts: 647
12-07-10 11:16 AM - Post#924834    

    In response to Willy1

Buffalo Bullets is still in business, just hard to find. To get some Ball-ets go to The Gun Works (www.thegunworks.com/).

 
Rogue River 
45 Cal.
Posts: 911
Rogue River
12-07-10 11:52 AM - Post#924844    

    In response to Le Grand

If you check with the Gunworks most of the common calibers are temporarily out of stock and have been for quite a while! It's the same with all their buffalo bullet products!

Edited by Rogue River on 12-07-10 12:02 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
Rogue River 
45 Cal.
Posts: 911
Rogue River
12-07-10 12:00 PM - Post#924847    

    In response to ohio ramrod

You take a .50 and size it to a .45 and cut the bottom you won't end up with a 200 gn. .45 Ball-et would you?

 
Le Grand 
45 Cal.
Posts: 647
12-07-10 12:07 PM - Post#924851    

    In response to Rogue River

  • Rogue River Said:
You take a .50 and size it to a .45 and cut the bottom you won't end up with a 200 gn. .45 Ball-et would you?



A .50 round ball doesn't weigh 200 grains to begin with...

 
Rogue River 
45 Cal.
Posts: 911
Rogue River
12-07-10 02:31 PM - Post#924934    

    In response to Le Grand

That was my point!

 
ohio ramrod 
75 Cal.
Posts: 5732
12-07-10 02:44 PM - Post#924939    

    In response to Rogue River

I don't cut the bottoms square I leave them round. But I do put a 1/8 x 1/8 hollow point in them. It is just a way to get more energy down range and to increase the "bearing" area to allow for heavier charges. Or to use patched "round" ball in quick twist . I don't claim to make an all purpose projectile. It started out as a way of using up some 50 caliber balls instead of melting them down.It works for me!

 
BrownBear 
Cannon
Posts: 13673
BrownBear
12-07-10 02:53 PM - Post#924946    

    In response to Willy1

You know, if you're real set on short conicals, you might have a look at the LEE REAL bullet molds. Their short 50 cal throws 250 grain bullets and their short 54 throws 300 grainers. That compares pretty well with Ball-ets at 245 grains for the 50 cal and 310 grains for the 54 cal.

Last price I saw for Ball-ets was around $15 a box, which compares pretty well with the $20 or so for a LEE mold including handles.

 
Rogue River 
45 Cal.
Posts: 911
Rogue River
12-07-10 04:53 PM - Post#925002    

    In response to ohio ramrod

I was brain dead when I read your post, It didn't sink in that you used a patch!

 
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