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Old 01-26-2014, 05:12 AM   #11
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I quench after anealing just for convenience and saving my fingers.

I agree, interesing exercise. You might try some paste flux inside the cases to make a "bonded" bullet

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Well I finally got to the range with the ammo. I was shooting at a distance of 85 yards. It took a few setting on the scope. But this was my last 6 shots. Not bad for a handgun. I will need to make my bullets more consistant next time. I weighed each bullet before I loaded them. The varied from 162 grains to 182 grains. I am very happy with the results so far.

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Nice. What do you think caused the weight difference?

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I filled the cases with molten lead. Some were obviously more full than others. But I used them anyway. Next time I will use my casting equipment to properly pour into each case. This time I simply held a torch up to the case with 32 caliber bullet sitting in it. Some were flush with the top of the case. Then others were a bubble over the top. And a few were even a little below the rim. When I used the lubrisizer to mash them down they all looked pretty close. But some were obviously more dense than others.

I would like to have them all within 2 or 3 grains of each other next time.

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That is a very interesting post. I have made jacketed bullets for the .44 Mag. I use the .40 S&W brass to swage over cast lead bullets. My problem has been accuracy. I think years ago the accuracy expectations were not as great as they are now. The science of making our own bullets is a very interesting pursuit. Nice post.

Bullet cores have to be made from pre-molded cores or cast bullets. It is impossible to cast cores into jackets and eliminate air pockets. That is where your bullet weights will be off. Modern bullets have "Ballast" points this creates better accuracy. I can not seem to match this with my home made bullets.

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Hey nitestalker.

I was out in my garage and saw a 44 mag case sitting there begging to be messed with. Then I noticed my coffee can full of 40S&W brass. I made a dozen bullets and seated one in the 44 case just for the heck of it. Then I came in and saw your post.

What size core did you cast? Were you seating a 40 cal bullet or something different?

My total weight on this bullet was 275 grains.

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