Cast bullets in CZ 82


September 8, 2009, 11:08 AM
I am all set up to load for 9x18. I plan on using cast bullets from Missouri bullet Co. Does anyone have anyone have any experience in shooting cast bullets through the CZ 82 ( polygonal rifling) ? I have read all sorts of post going both ways on this issue? I want to know if you have actually ran cast bullets through a cz 82 ( or other polygonal rifled gun).


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September 8, 2009, 12:36 PM
Well since the silence is deafening. I will let y'all know how it turns out, if I survive :D

September 8, 2009, 12:39 PM
No experiance with the CZ82.

But, I have been shooting cast lead (Very hard pure Linotype) bullets in my Glock 23 for going on 15 years without any problems.

I think it will all depend on the hardness of the bullets.

Just keep an eye on the barrel for severe leading, and if you see it, stop & clean it.


September 8, 2009, 12:59 PM
Thanks for the input. That is my plan, i do not foresee a problem, I am guessing the the M.B.C. bullets will be 18 brinell as there 380 is listed at this hardness; not quite as hard as Linotype but almost.

September 8, 2009, 01:22 PM
not a CZ82 but a polygonal nonetheless - HK45

accuracy was superior to FMJ/plated 230 grain bullets - which surprised me.

you need to watch the leading until you know what it likes, I ended up a .452 bullet and a lighter load than the FMJ/plated rounds and leading is low.

September 8, 2009, 10:34 PM
I've got a CZ 82, in which I have shot cast bullets that I cast from the LEE 365-95-1R mould, I believe it is. It's a lead round nose bullet. I'm woefully short on 9x18 brass, so I've only shot about 50 rounds of cast through it. There was no leading. I had no sizing die for that size, so I shot them as cast. I used W231 for the powder, between 3.4 and 3.6 grains. It functioned flawlessly.

Within the next few weeks, I plan on casting a couple hundred bullets for it and shooting them up asap.

Hope that helps.

Please give us a range report.

September 21, 2009, 03:43 PM
I went to the range yesterday. I ran about 75 Missouri Bullet Co. 93 grain cast LRN through my CZ 82. All went really well. I could see some fouling in the bore, but very light, it may have been lube and not lead. I was using 4.9-5.5 grains of Ramshot Trueblue. with a cci small pistol primer, coal = .975. As for brass I am using trimmed 9 mm luger brass trimmed to 18 mm ( i sized and flare my cases before trimming, then size and flare before loading). I may look into a new recoil spring because my cases were being flung a long way. Sorry, no muzzle vel. because I have no chronograph

October 23, 2009, 09:19 PM
I replaced my recoil spring with a new 18 pound spring from Wolf springs. This makes a world if difference in the feel of the gun, recoil seem lighter and more manageable, brass still flies a long way but not quiet as far

October 23, 2009, 09:47 PM
If the brass is sprouting wings, you could probably reduce your load, especially now with the new spring. This would keep your brass close-by and cut the leading even more.

Marlin 45 carbine
October 23, 2009, 09:58 PM
I have shot cast slugs in my Mak 9mm with good results but not Missouri company slugs.
over Red Dot or BullsEye.

October 23, 2009, 11:23 PM
Berry's is making plated makarov's again. Plated bullets are a nice compromise. Also if you are short of makarov brass you can trim down 9mm luger and make your own 9x18. Check youtube for a video on exactly how to make the conversion.

October 24, 2009, 06:30 PM
I just shot about 50 rounds of cast Lee bullets through my CZ82 and my Makarov. They worked fine, but I sure hate trying to find the brass.

The nominal weight of the mold is 95 grains but the bullets actually weigh 106 grains. I think I may have accidentally grabbed some soft lead, but doubt it would make that much difference; maybe poor QC at Lee?

Either way, I just cleaned both guns, and there was no leading at all in the CZ82, but the EG Makarov had a little (makes me think my lead is too soft).

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