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Old 05-20-2016, 05:01 AM   #1
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Hey everyone,
I was thinking about casting my own bullets.
What's the general cost of the equipment? Is it worth it? What's involved?
Thanks for your help!
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Old 05-20-2016, 12:47 PM   #2
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It is worth it. You will need a pot (buy bottom pour), molds I would go with lee 6 cavity, lead thermometer, old spoon, sizing die and lube, and something to put the bullets in or on when they are hot, I water drop. Make sure what you are using is lead. Melt it in the pot while you are warming up your molds (make sure you season new molds). Fill the mold up wait until the lead starts to haze hit the spruce plate with a piece of wood. Drop the bullets out. Your first couple of times in a run will not be usable because you are still heating the mold.
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Do not get any moisture in the pot and put on PPE. Also do it outdoors with the fumes blowing away from you.
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It's well worth it.

Get a Lyman or RCBS bottom pour pot, a Lyman 450 lubricator-sizer, and the "Lyman Cast Bullet Handbook."

Lee molds will work, but they're nowhere near the quality of Saeco, RCBS or Lyman molds.
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Where do you guys buy your lead?
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might I suggest- spend $7.90 over at Alibris, and read the book?

http://www.alibris.com/Lyman-reloading-and-cast-bullet-guide-Lyman-Products-Corporation/book/4078316?matches=5

I cast pure lead Maxis for my 45 and 50 cal muzzleloaders, and cast wheel weight bullets for .38 and .45. I use 'tumble lube" molds that do not require sizing the bullets, lube with spray Alox.

Use a bottom tap pot, cast in a spot with good ventilation, after handling lead learn to go wash your hands good. Get wheel weights from a couple of local tire shops, but you have to pick thru and check them- not all are lead.
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Maybe it's overkill, but I cast outside, wear OSHA approved industrial safety glasses, heavy gloves, a heavy duty shop apron and a painter's respirator.

I tried the tumble lube, but went back to sized, and lubed with Thompsons' Blue Angel.

Personal preference. Guess I'm old fashioned.

I use straight wheel weights for all cast pistol bullets. I drop bullets from the mold into cold water.
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I called a local tire shop- said all they had was steel wheel weights. Said they switched from lead years ago. I'll call a few other places and see...
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I called a local tire shop- said all they had was steel wheel weights. Said they switched from lead years ago. I'll call a few other places and see...
Try your local scrap metal dealers also.

A while back, I bought 500 pounds of the lead weights for $125.
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