Paper Patch Calculator
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Catalog No.: DC-1003
Shipping Weight: 0.10 pounds
The DC-1003 paper patch bullet design calculator has
four sections, each reached from the main menu window.
The diameter calculation assumes you have a gun, some
paper, and know the weight of bullet you wish to shoot.
If you have the gun, you can determine the groove to
groove diameter and rifling depth, and if you have the
paper, you can measure its thickness.
Armed with this information, you can decide what
shape of bullet you want to try, what material you wish
to use for the bullet, and then calculate the length,
proper diameter for either breech or muzzle loading with
paper patch, the length and width of the patch for a
typical 2-wrap patch, and get a good idea of the spin
rate or twist that the bullet would require for stability.
- Bullet diameter calculations.
- Bullet weight calculations.
- Two-Part Bullet calculations.
- Cost per bullet calculations.
The program also gives you the shank and nose length,
and the volume of lead used for each bullet, based on
the material density, diameter, and the depth and width
of hollow base (if any) and flat tip or meplat (if any),
in addition to calculating the proper bullet diameter
and the resulting bullet length.
The bullet weight calculations assume you have a gun
already, and can obtain the basic barrel information
such as rifling depth and bore size, and twist rate.
It will then calculate the weight of bullet which should
best stabilize in this barrel given a specific shape
which you can change to compare with other bullets.
The assumption is that you will probably have the gun,
and want to make the bullets to fit it, rather than
having the bullets and designing the gun barrel for them.
The two-part design section is an aid to people making
hard and soft alloy bullets of two sections, a nose and
a shank, which are swaged together to form one bullet.
Given a desired bullet weight, it will calculate the
volume and weight of each of two different alloys that
will provide this, in a specified shape.
The cost section asks you for the weight of your bullet,
and the cost of the material in specified spool weights
(for example, a 10-lb spool of .430 lead wire). The
assumption is that you will want to know how many
bullets you can make of a given kind from a certain
supply of wire, and how much each bullet will cost you
by the time you have paid both for the wire and shipping.
You can also use this to calculate the cost of bulk lead
such as ingots or wheelweights, in relation to cost per
bullet, and to figure out how many inches to cut from a
spool of a given diameter wire to produce a certain
weight of bullet.
Additional and more detailed information about lead wire
extrusion and powder metal technology can be obtained
with the Corbin DC-LEAD software, which helps you
design extruders and compare lead production with
different alloys, determine required cylinder and
drive pump sizes, and required extrusion pressure to
make your own lead wire in any size from any alloy.