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Old 07-07-2013, 01:20 AM   #1
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Default Hi, can a 18 year olds reload their own 9mm ammo

Hi I am 18 and I was gifted a handgun. I know 18 year olds can not buy ammo and my parents are complaining how much money the ammo is costing them. I wanted to know, would I be able to buy the 9mm brass casing,the 9mm primer and gunpowder so I can start making my own bullets. I already have the Lee Precision Classic Turret Press.

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I'm 16 now and Rolling them out, I just give my parents money for powder, primers and I cast 75% of my bullets

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So the real question is, can an 18 year old BUY reloading components? Go to the store and find out. Never heard of any regulations regarding putting the components together into functional ammo, except that you may not be able to sell it commercially.

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There may be a lot of questions unless you are a regular at the shop.

State laws may have something. What may be legal here, may not be legal there.

Asking free legal advice on a forum is not the best source for such information

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BTW, IF the gun is a Glock, no lead bullets. Different style rifling.

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BTW, IF the gun is a Glock, no lead bullets. Different style rifling.
Is there a way I can cast steel bullets
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I think for all practical purposes, it's either cast your own lead, or buy them.....

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With the exception of some military ammo, and very special hunting rounds, bullets are lead, copper plated lead, or lead inside of a jacket of gilding metal, which is a copper/nickel alloy. Assuming you made the means of reaching the melting point of steel (2,700 F), a steel bullet would not swedge into the rifling, and would tear your barrel apart. Lead, (melts at 621 F) can be readily melted and cast. However, a Glock uses polygonal rifling, and if you READ THE OWNER'S MANUAL, you are instructed not to use raw lead bullets- will lead up the bore, cause high pressure, damage gun (and you).

Steel bullets are also far less dense than lead, and would drop speed and energy quickly.

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I started loading at 16, and the only thing you need to be 18 for is gun powder. Everything else has no age requirement, wether its for a rifle or handgun.

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Is there a way I can cast steel bullets
Blast furnace could assist.
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