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Well it took 5 days & only produced 452 bullets so far (production time will be much less next run), but I am now set up to produce my own bullets. They are as good if not better than any store bought bullet.

I shot 15rds of 255gr. .45Colt loaded with 6.3gr. of Titegroup. It was good shooting, no signs of excessive leading.

Then shot 30rds. of 230gr. (microlube bullet) .45ACP loaded with 5.8gr. Unique. It was also nice rd, shot good no lead)

The third was Love at first shot. Its was a 230gr. (conventional lube) bullet loaded with 5.8gr. of Unique. It was the most accurate .45acp rd. I have ever fired! NO SHIT GUYS. I only had 12rds. for my test but I shot 2 sixshot groups, freehand at 15ft that were under 2". That's good enough fer this ******* any day.

So today I have to clean up the mess!!!

P.S. You gotta do this shit its Way Cool!!!
 

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Bountyhunter said:
That's good news, Deadeye. I may look into casting my own. :D
It takes some time to get set up & learn how to cast & lube. It wouldn't take half as long as it did me, if you spend a little more than I did & get a few time saving tools like a lube press. But all & all it's worth the time to get your bullets just like you want them.

Just remember that Casting is as much an art as a science. It's difficult to tell someone how to cast good bullets. I probably cast about 300 bullets before they started dropping out of the mold with good sharp edges. I would suggest reading The Lyman Cast Bullet Handbook (its got tons of load data in it also).
 

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Thanks. :D

could you post pics of your set up when you get a chance? I'd like to see everything you use from point A to point finished bullet. :D
 

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Bountyhunter said:
Thanks. :D

could you post pics of your set up when you get a chance? I'd like to see everything you use from point A to point finished bullet. :D
Well I tried 4 times & keep having computer problems so here's a link to my photobucket page:
http://s249.photobucket.com/albums/gg23 ... _my_albums

It has all the pics, most of them should be self explainitory. The one of gobs of bullet lube & a tube is a piece of 1/2" CPVC that I use to push the bullet out of the lube.

P.S. Sheepdog there's a picture of that 95/5 solder in there.
 

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So you melt the lead in a pot and scoop it out? Do you pour it into the mold like that?
You can use a ladle to dip & pour. I use mine to clean-up my WW lead & I use a soup ladle to pour ingots in the muffin pan. You start by melting down WW lead, then you have to scoop out (or can use big magnet) the steel clips (they are lighter than lead so they rise to the top). Then you still have a lot of impurities/shit in the lead, so you drop a gob (about size of end of your finger) of beeswax or parafin or bullet lube etc. That will burst in to flames. As soon as flames die down enough for you to stir then stir untill the shit rises to the top (this is fluxing the mix). Then you skim the shit off & Ta-Da, you have nice clean WW lead to pour in muffin pan for ingots.

I added my tin solder at this point, but it works better if you add solder in your pouring pot (smaller quantity easier to figure more accurately).

One of the pics shows my Lee Production Pot IV, that's what I pour bullets out of. It has nice spout at bottom to drop right into mold. When you get ready to cast bullets you can just drop a few ingots in production pot, add your solder, flux one more time for shits & grins & go to town.

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Thanks, Deadeye. I'm going to look into a few things.

I'm guessing the fumes are probably pretty bad. You do this outside?
 

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I casted for years thought it was the only way to go now I buy them cheaper than I can cast. I need the time for shooting matchs and reloading dang good thing I have a good job to pay for all the toys lol. But its nice to make that prefect shot and know you casted and loaded than round, there is alot to be said for that.
 
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