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Old 03-08-2010, 10:36 PM   #21
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Re: Casting bullets- the "pour molten lead from a great height into water" technique is used for making shotgun shot. for lead balls- or the cylindrical bullets I make, you melt lead in a melting pot, scoop it up in a dipper, and pour into a bullet mold. A muzzle loader uses PURE, butter soft lead. I also cast bullets for .357 and 9mm, using wheelweights as my basic metal.

Not a difficult process, saves a buncha money for reloaders, quite safe as long as you follow the 3 rules- read the book first, follow the directions, and do not try to mooch my source of wheelweights (3 local tire shops swap me a bucket of weights for a 6 pack of Miller) Find a copy of the Cast Bullet Handbook.

PS- I scored 150 lbs of pure lead foil at a govt surplus auction a few years back- for 50 cents. Have enuff to feed my muzzleloaders until I am 99. Will have to get more then.
I'm a little curious. I have a 50 cal Thompson. It is a cap and ball type. I have never fired it. It was a gift. I already pour lead for modern cartridges. I currently have 7 different molds for assorted calibers and weights. Many have to be sized and lubed before loading. How does one address that issue with a round ball? Or is it not an issue? I mean a cylindrical shaped bullet is easy to tell which way to put in the case after sized. How do you tell which way the ball was sitting when sized ? Or is sizing not needed at all?
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not sized, patched.

i pour my own round balls, drop them from the mold into the coffee can of water. when your done, just dump out the water and spread them out on a towel to dry and your done.

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Deth got it. Load round ball with the sprue UP, and they are a squeeze fit with the patch. I do not size maxis- mine are REAL- rifling engraved at loading. They are sized by pushing them down the bore- there are raised bands on the bullet that the rifling cuts into- not the smooth body of a smokeless bullet.

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just love my smokepoles i have 3 1-kentucky 45 ans 2- 50 cal hawhens and i cast round balls plus maxies and minnies for all and as was stated i drop the fresh cast bullets in a bucket of water to harden them --but ha ha afer around 200 rounds you have to change the water as it starts to get very warm lol

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BP is just fun to shoot. I just started with BP and I do not yet have a dedicated BP revolver yet, but soon!

Its just a lot of fun, I mean just look at the flash:

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It was also quite accurate as well, surprised me.

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Cleaning is easier than it looks:

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Just don't use petroleum-based cleaner

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You are shooting BP through a centerfire pistol? 1) why? and 2) how?

And at an indoor range?

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If it were my range you would be out in a heart beat and not allowed to come back. This is nothing short of teaching the less learned in guns something bad and dangerous

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I had a guy come in the indoor range with me and start shooting a BP rifle! After tow shots I couldn't breathe!!! I changed ranges I go to now.

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You are shooting BP through a centerfire pistol? 1) why? and 2) how?

And at an indoor range?

Why? I do it cuz it's fun. Do it in rifles too and you haven't lived till you've fired bp thru a 1911.


How? Just fill the case to 1/16 of being full, seat a bullet, load her up and let her go.


Never at an indoor range tho. Heck I've never been to a range except for CAS matches.
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