anyone cast there own bullets?

Re: anyone cast there own bullets?

PostBy: cokehead On: Sun Sep 02, 2012 9:24 am

lumpocoal wrote: mold release spray of some sort


I never used a mold release spray. What I was taught by an "old timer" was take a wooden match and hold it under the open mold sections and make a black soot coating inside the mold cavities. The bullets don't always fall easily out of the mold. I keep a hardwood stick with the bark removed about a foot long and about an 1 1/2" in diameter to tap open the sprue plate and to tap the HING PIN on the mold handles the jar the bullets loose. I let them drop on a COTTON towel folded up in an old baking pan. That way the hot soft bullets don't get deformed from dropping on a hard surface. Don't hit the mold blocks directly, especially if they are aluminum. The cast iron molds are better BUT much more expensive and because of their weight if you are casing a lot you can end up with numbness and a stiffness in your hand after a while. The rhythm is different with cast iron vs aluminum. Mold temperature effects how the bullets fill out. The aluminum mold cool off fast if you stop for a short time so you must either case a few bad bullets and through them back in the pot to get the mold hot again of hold the corner of the mold in the molten lead for a short while to heat it up. Flux and stir your alloy well. I use an old spoon the scrap the garbage of the inside of the pot while the lead is molten. You would be amazed how much garbage will come to the surface for skimming.

I do this outside only! (My friend did it in his basement but he had a serious exhaust fan with a hood. He was a competitive shooter on the national level. He had a lathe which he used to chamber his rifle barrels with custom reamers that he had made to his specs. Most of his rifles where based on Mauser actions. He was into it big time. He and his wife went and moved to Nevada as soon as they where both retired.) Don't breath the fumes or you will screw yourself up!!! While the lead melts don't hang around watching it. Check on it of course but most of the fumes come off during the initial melt, at least the visible ones. Wash your hands good too. Gloves that won't melt would be a good idea but I'm too stupid to do that myself. I should though. You don't want to end up being a retard like me so minimize your lead absorption by using you head.
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Re: anyone cast there own bullets?

PostBy: cokehead On: Sun Sep 02, 2012 9:55 am

lumpocoal wrote:I have learned a TON of info from this guy, check him out, very good info and he is very descriptive started watching his stuff 2 years ago


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lyor1Emg ... E785620399


They are good videos. I never dropped bullets into water or swirl the mold. Always onto a folded towel. I might try the water way next time. Might give the swirl a try also. I keep a cast iron ingot mold under the pot all the time when I am melting and casting to catch drips. His little stainless cup looks small to me.
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Re: anyone cast there own bullets?

PostBy: SMITTY On: Sun Sep 02, 2012 7:36 pm

I let mine drop right on a piece of plywood ... and I whack the hell out of the mold with a short 2x4 to open it. Could be another reason my gun hates lead ... :idea: :lol:
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Re: anyone cast there own bullets?

PostBy: lumpocoal On: Tue Sep 04, 2012 8:09 pm

my first attempt at pan lubing...notice the bulletproof orange coloring.. I cast up 50 rounds over the weekend w my 8mm MAX lee aluminum mold, worked great....im presently at time of post waiting for lube to cool to see if it solidifies, my rendition of a recipie I found cost me under $7 too make it including those pans on sale at dollar general
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Re: anyone cast there own bullets?

PostBy: lumpocoal On: Tue Sep 04, 2012 8:19 pm

this is where I got it from just rendered a few things I double boiled with pot on stove so my mix wasnt sitting in the pan that sits on burner and possibly catch fire thats why double boil, well thats why i did it any way kinda common sense. I used RCBS case lube and a few other things i done a tinch different


http://youtu.be/CkQInQcY8LM
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Re: anyone cast there own bullets?

PostBy: lumpocoal On: Tue Sep 04, 2012 10:06 pm

well it worked passed through sizing die w lube still in grooves, now I gotta find loading data for these huge V2 rockets ill b launching..between 245-257 grain
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Re: anyone cast there own bullets?

PostBy: lumpocoal On: Thu Sep 06, 2012 8:07 pm

well..i got brave n used some of my VARGET looked at loads for bigger calibers w same wieght bullet and started my load at 15 grns...then worked up bc it sounded like a pop gun but the barrel was clear...only pushing them at about 1200fps...w/o gas checks, it really sucks that I cant find hardly any info at all on these....here is the results....so far
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245-255 grain, my Hornady RN in box behind them they are for my hunting loads
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Re: anyone cast there own bullets?

PostBy: mozz On: Thu Sep 06, 2012 8:27 pm

Found data up to 250 gr here.
http://www.loaddata.com/members/listing ... liberid=57
But they want you to register and sign up, maybe a pay site, i don't know. I've got 60's cast books here, if i can find the correct box, i will see what they say.
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Re: anyone cast there own bullets?

PostBy: cokehead On: Thu Sep 06, 2012 8:32 pm

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Re: anyone cast there own bullets?

PostBy: SMITTY On: Thu Sep 06, 2012 8:43 pm

I see 8mm Rem Mag, & 8 x 57 .... don't know if either are close or on the money .... :?:

8mm is .315", so 30 cal as a reference is out. Got a rare round there!
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Re: anyone cast there own bullets?

PostBy: lumpocoal On: Thu Sep 06, 2012 9:12 pm

SMITTY wrote:I see 8mm Rem Mag, & 8 x 57 .... don't know if either are close or on the money .... :?:

8mm is .315", so 30 cal as a reference is out. Got a rare round there!

before 1905 8mm .318"(bore diameter), after 1905 .323"(bore diameter) my rifles (both) Yugoslavian production late 1940's so they are .323" ( i slugged em lol) but I will try and see if I can come up with anything Im gunna check out that hodgdon site too cokehead...with the varget Im not getting leading after 6 rounds...but then again I need to pick up some UNIQUE powder to do this...I also have RELOADER 15 alot of it....but i dont know if I wanna have to get another powder again lol
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Re: anyone cast there own bullets?

PostBy: lumpocoal On: Thu Sep 06, 2012 9:20 pm

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