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do any of you mold your own bullets?
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I'm starting to collect the equipment and knowledge to reload. the idea of casting my own bullets seems intriguing, but I've read conflicting opinions on it. as long as the bullets are lubed, they shouldn't leave too much residual lead in the rifling, right? I'm planning on reloading target ammo for my mosin, 9mm pistols, and. 380 pistols.
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#2
Pick up a Lyman LubriSizer and the proper size dies that you will need. It will size and lube the bullet in one step and will greatly diminish leading problems.

For casting I would recommend the Lee Pro 20 lb. pot and a Lyman ladle and pick up the Lyman casting book.
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#3
I do for muzzle loading.
I lathe turn .50's.
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P89;94953 Wrote:I do for muzzle loading.
I lathe turn .50's.

What material are you using to turn for muzzle loading?
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goofin;94955 Wrote:
P89;94953 Wrote:I do for muzzle loading.
I lathe turn .50's.

What material are you using to turn for muzzle loading?

Brass, but made to be put in a sabot.
Still doing R&D in my spare time.
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#6
Personally enjoy casting quite a bit. Lube is but a part of it. Bullet fit is the key. If leading is at the end of the barrel then lube may be suspect. If happening at the throat then the first thing to look at is size. Last weekend went through about 200 fairly soft, BHN about 12-13, .45 acp loads, NOE 230 gr rn, clocking around 800 fps. Anything left over wiped easily out of the barrel.
Here are some places with good info:
http://www.lasc.us/Fryxell_Book_Contents.htm
http://castboolits.gunloads.com/forum.php
http://www.wahsatchdesperadoes.com/A%20P...PLIERS.htm
It can become another obsession and is quite addictive. I like the independence factor, being able to further customize loads, and using my own brass they plunked down around $5/ box of 50. However like reloading equipment my costs have been regrouped long ago.
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panopticonisi;94905 Wrote:I'm starting to collect the equipment and knowledge to reload. the idea of casting my own bullets seems intriguing, but I've read conflicting opinions on it. as long as the bullets are lubed, they shouldn't leave too much residual lead in the rifling, right? I'm planning on reloading target ammo for my mosin, 9mm pistols, and. 380 pistols.

Yep. Both smokeless & muzzleloaders.
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Generally, assume you'll have lead fouling with the faster/hotter loads. Lead fouling is a gradual accumulation of lead in the rifling grooves, I think it's caused by high pressure & temperature (beyond a certain point). I've also read supersonic velocities were a good indicator of potential fouling. I haven't done any casting for decades...I recall it being problematic with 38 special, but never with 45 ACP, not sure about 9mmx19. The lead was usually scrap wheel weight lead donated by local auto garages. It was always resized and lubricated.

So run a few off, check the rifling carefully before burning through a full box of your own cast loads.

To correct lead fouling, try a harder lead alloy or install gas checks. I would expect the Mosin to be the most susceptible to lead fouling, the 380 to be the least. I haven't tried casting for 7.62x54R yet, so I can't say from experience. Another possible technique is paper-patching.
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#8
If you are going to start, get all the lead you can. I'm sitting on quite a bit, and still looking for more.
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#9
i bought my first handgun in 72 bought my first mold the same year. been casting and loading ever since. started casting on a small wood stove in my shop when i lived at home. still have tha mold and use it. it is 358429. it is a heavy bullet for .38 spl and .357 mag.

after that when ever i bought another rifle or hand gun i got a mold for it.
bob308, proud to be a member of pa2a.org since Sep 2012.
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#10
From the view of molding my own BP balls, who carries good quality moulds and associated equipment?

tyc
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