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Bullet maker ?

A guy brought me a loaded .308 round and wants me to load him a few boxes exactly the same, the bullet has a second ring above the cannelure, the ring is a thin line about an 1/8 in above a real cannelure toward the tip, question is WHO makes this bullet?? Thanks for the help in advance.
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Can you post a photo?
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If you can't identify the bullet its going to be harder to identify the powder.

What kind of bullet is it, hollow point, lead tip, polymer (what color)?
Is the cannelure an actual ridged cannelure or is it smooth like the low end of a band on a banded bullet?
You have to pull it to "attempt" to identify the powder and weigh the charge, so pull it to see whether it is flat or boat tail, any other bands inside the neck?

A thin line makes me think of the top edge of the sealtite band on a cutting edge bullet.

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A guy brought me a loaded .308 round and wants me to load him a few boxes exactly the same, the bullet has a second ring above the cannelure, the ring is a thin line about an 1/8 in above a real cannelure toward the tip, question is WHO makes this bullet?? Thanks for the help in advance.
It's a 180 grain Hornady Interlock SP. I load them all the time and that is exactly what they look like.
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Based on such little information and not seeing a photo, it is amazing to rule out all others and ID it as that specific bullet.
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Its also amazing that the fellow has no idea what the products are in the loads?
I still don't trust loading for others! I don't trust too many people.

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Just for something fun to do, I'd like to follow the rest of this ID process as well.

Reading the headstamp is a no-brainer for the brass.

Though I despise removing live primers and don't recommend it, doing so and posting a couple pics would likely lead us to what type it is.

As TG said, the powder will be the most difficult part of it. But still, knowing the weight of the charge and posting pics of the powder, I'd bet we could come with fairly educated guess.
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6 dasher is a very experienced reloader, I'm sure once he figures out the bullet he will load safe rounds, I wouldn't trust just anyone but if he handed me reloads he did I wouldn't hesitate
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Thanks for all your help, kudu was correct it was the Hornady 180 grain spire point... I knew I remembered that weird ring, never could figure out why it's even there..serves no purpose that I could imagine. The powder is W-748...and the casing is Lake City military match from 65..no cartridge name even appears on the headstamp...it was resized with a small base die to function smoothly in a model 88 winchester .308.. Loaded him one and he shot it in the same hole at 100 yards...he's now thrilled he can use the gun again..he was down to 5 shells and was so hard headed to try something else, he told me all the factory shells got jammed in the action and wouldn't try any...guess that's why someone used the small base dies. Guy is nearly 80 yrs old, wonder how many deer he bagged with that old 88..it was really beat up and looked like it was hard hunted with. Glad he can use it again !
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Really nice to be able to help that fellow out. I'm sure he will appreciate it. What a classic PA hunting rifle he has in that Model 88 .308. I bet it could tell some stories.
I never understood why that second ring is on those Hornady 180's either. The 180 SP is the only one it's on. As many as I've loaded over the years though, I knew exactly what you were describing right away.
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