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Old 09-02-2011, 04:10 PM   #1
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A friend of mine casts his own bullets, and he let me make some... I ended up making about 16 pounds (about 8 lbs. of .45 and 8 lbs. of .30) Heres the first castings ive done.. Ones a 250 gr. .45 "Keith" style, other one is a 180 gr. .30 "bore-rider", I plan on using in my Winnie 1895.. I figured I should shoot some kind of pointed bullet outta my 1895 instead of using the flat pointed ones for tube fed guns. (Thats what made the Win '95 "special")

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Old 09-02-2011, 04:28 PM   #2
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Nice looking 45 castings. I don't know to much about the process of casting but they look pretty nice. Thanks for sharing

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They look pretty good to me, but I'm semi clueless.

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Thanks!! Not much to it..... Pour the hot lead in the mold, bullets come out..

The .45's are as they came from the mold, the .30's are tumble lubed and sized to .308...

I find its another interesting aspect of shooting. I cant wait till my next batch of reloads!! Im thinkin' the '95 will like the heavier pointed bullet.

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My congrats. It's addictive though.

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I got your Antimony right here!

If you weigh them on a good scale, you might be able to sort them by weight if you're an accuracy freak.

I cast some conical minie balls for an 1861 rifle musket once and it was much fun. They looked like this:

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What alloy are you using? I blend Virgin, Wheel Weights and Linotype at varying ratios for expected velocities. I have never been a fan of the "tumble lube" process. Too messy for me. I prefer to use a heated lubrisizer and high temp lube for less mess. The rifle bullets you showed are a gas check design. Is there any reason you did not use a gas check? They are not mandatory but allow much more velocity.

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Im not sure of the alloy... like I said it was from a friends setup, I think its mostly wheel weights with something else. the bullets were dropped into water as well. The tumble lube sucks but my friends lubeisizer is all gummed up and needs fixed, so thats what I had to use.
I just plan on shooting the .30's outta my 1895 using reduced loads with Trail Boss. I like taking it easy with the ole' rifle......

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Even at low power loads a gas check will keep your barrel much cleaner. Less lead build up that is.

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One of the first things you are going to want to do is "slug" your barrels. Get exact dimensions of it so you can properly size your cast bullet. You will generally get best performance and least amount of leading if you size your bullet to .001-.002 over bore size. With proper fit and even air cooled wheelweights (clip-on lead ones), you should be able to get 1400 fps with virtually no leading, even if you use the liquid Alox. Put a gas check on it and a decent lube and you are good for up to around 2300-2400 fps without leading. If you have a slow twist, you can get more velocity without leading than you can with a faster twist.

Casting bullets can be very addictive. It can be very fun or it can be very frustrating. Be careful an follow guidelines closely and it will be one of the most rewarding addictions, I mean hobbies you have ever encountered.

Be safe and have fun!

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