Do You Shoot Cast Lead in Autoloaders?


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BBDartCA
October 17, 2011, 06:02 PM
Do you shoot cast lead handloads in autoloaders?

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Walkalong
October 17, 2011, 06:27 PM
Yes, thousands of them over the years. Both bought & home cast.

zxcvbob
October 17, 2011, 06:29 PM
I think you worded #3 wrong. Shouldn't the word "only" be "not? (doesn't change my answer but might for others)

BBDartCA
October 17, 2011, 06:52 PM
I think you worded #3 wrong. Shouldn't the word "only" be "not? (doesn't change my answer but might for others)
Yeah, I realized that after posting.

Uniquedot
October 17, 2011, 06:58 PM
Yes i do.

cfullgraf
October 17, 2011, 07:17 PM
Both purchased and home cast bullets. Even some swaged bullets along the way.

I don't have any polygon rifling so not a problem for me.

ljnowell
October 17, 2011, 07:21 PM
I shoot cast lead in all of my autoloaders, including my glock.

THe Dove
October 17, 2011, 07:22 PM
Yes.

I love casting boolits as much as reloading, and I love reloading as much as I do shootin', and I love shootin' as much as I - - - well, y'all get the idea........

The Dove

jcwit
October 17, 2011, 07:22 PM
Yup! Usually my own cast.

USSR
October 17, 2011, 07:27 PM
Yep, cast my own.

Don

ArtU
October 17, 2011, 07:32 PM
The Poll is missing an Answer:

Yes, but only in guns I wish to

I have 2 45s I do not run Cast Lead in, and it has nothing to do with #3.

ArtU

RustyFN
October 17, 2011, 07:33 PM
Yes with my own cast bullets.

floydster
October 17, 2011, 07:49 PM
It's all I shoot, my own cast bullets---why not--.

mbopp
October 17, 2011, 07:58 PM
My 1911 has never seen a jacketed bullet since I've had it. A Glock may be next on the "buy" list and it'll get cast bullets also.

Dirtdgger
October 17, 2011, 08:18 PM
Cast my own and shoot what I cast in everything.

Big20
October 17, 2011, 08:34 PM
I shoot bunches except....they lead my Taurus 709 while my Kahr shows no leading. The Taurus now gets mostly plated bullets.

res45
October 17, 2011, 08:53 PM
I cast my own bullets and shoot them in all my auto loaders,my SKS rifles eats cast lead like candy.

Marlin 45 carbine
October 17, 2011, 08:53 PM
yes, .32acp, .380acp, 9mm Mak, 9mmPara, .45acp

bds
October 17, 2011, 09:01 PM
Yes, I do shoot lead bullets in all of my autoloaders, including factory Glock barrels (but will inspect the barrel about 200-300 rounds and clean as necessary). ;)

FROGO207
October 17, 2011, 09:05 PM
Oh yea! In rifles, pistols. revolvers, and shotties.:D Our range has a requirement that all ammo be lead only and 1000 FPS or less for use on the indoor range. So I reload AND cast. Life is good. Ammo is not a problem to acquire.:D

LeonCarr
October 17, 2011, 09:08 PM
Yep, even in Glocks.

oldreloader
October 17, 2011, 11:27 PM
Cast is all I shoot in both my 9MM and 45ACP

Hondo 60
October 17, 2011, 11:33 PM
I have 3 semi-autos 22, 9 & 45.
I've shot lead from 2 of the 3.
Haven't had the 1911 for long, so, so far it's only had plated.

evan price
October 18, 2011, 02:09 AM
Yes, including Glocks.

Would not in a Desert Eagle however due to fouling the gas system.

chris in va
October 18, 2011, 02:11 AM
Hundreds through the G21SF, no issues. I've since sold it and picked up a 97b, so we'll see how it does with cast.

mgmorden
October 18, 2011, 09:20 AM
I have in the past. Just finished up on a box of 500 in my 9mm. I'm not swearing them off, but for now I'm going to stick with jacketed or plated. I've never been a stickler for cleaning after every range session, but inspecting my bore it truly did need it after each outing with the lead. No biggie - it cleaned up each time, but realistically I can take most of my 9mm's out 4-5 times between cleanings with jacketed bullets.

I'll probably keep loading them in my .38 Special. I've got some 158gr SWC's that just shoot too good in that gun to give up :).

jcwit
October 18, 2011, 10:37 AM
mg, 9mm gives me fits also with leading, its the only caliber that does. One of my friends claims its because 9mm is a high pressure round, but then I have no prblem with 40 S&W, go figure.

Iron Sight
October 18, 2011, 11:03 AM
Yes for my 45 Autos One of these days I will use the batch of cast 380 that I got from Missouri Bullet Co.


http://i765.photobucket.com/albums/xx294/SlowWater/SWesson1911SubC45acp.jpg

http://i765.photobucket.com/albums/xx294/SlowWater/Walther.jpg

PapaG
October 18, 2011, 08:48 PM
All the time. In 9mm, 38 super, 45 acp, varying in design from TC, to RN to RNFP to Keiths in the acp. A properly tuned gun (polished feed ramp, tuned extractor, polished breech face, good magazines, should feed about anything you want with reasonable pressures)

capreppy
October 19, 2011, 06:39 PM
I only shoot lead unless I am shooting indoors and they don't allow lead rounds.

Searcher4851
October 20, 2011, 09:01 AM
Cast is all one of my .45 ACP 1911's has ever seen (Remington R1). Both home cast and store bought. The others eat mostly cast. Leading doesn't seem to be that much of an issue. Feeding isn't a problem either, but that probably has more to do with the 1911 platform than anything else. My 1911 in .38 Super will see cast someday, but I still have jacketed bullets from a rather large purchase of bullets many years ago to run through first (down to the last couple of thousand bullets).

rodinal220
October 21, 2011, 10:08 AM
Most but not all.I do not shoot cast in my HK P7 style guns,Glocks or other pistols with polygonal style rifling.

amlevin
October 21, 2011, 11:42 AM
None of my pistols care if I shoot cast lead or jacketed. I prefer jacketed bullets because I hate the smoke from lead bullet lubes. Other than that I'll pick up a box now and then, usually on a closeout on a Dealer's shelf with a great price.

noylj
October 21, 2011, 07:11 PM
I hope there are NO reloaders who ONLY use lead bullets in polygonal rifled barrels.
I am starting to use jacketed bullets instead of lead for 9x19, 9x21, and .38 Super because the cost of cast bullets is very close to jacketed costs.
Still shooting lead in all larger calibers.

ljnowell
October 21, 2011, 10:58 PM
I hope there are NO reloaders who ONLY use lead bullets in polygonal rifled barrels.

Hey! Over here, thats me!! I dont buy into the hype, and I feel comfortable saying that as I have been doing it for a while now. Its like anything else, you can surely find a load that will lead your barrel, that means you need to keep working.

Eb1
October 22, 2011, 12:32 AM
Yes, a 125 grain Conical Nose in a Springfield XD9 under 5.0 grains of Unique.

noylj
October 22, 2011, 06:16 PM
ljnowell:
I still hope you don't ONLY use lead bullets in polygonal barrels? You do use lead bullets in standard barrels, also, don't you?

1911Tuner
October 22, 2011, 06:21 PM
My own cast bullets are pretty much all I shoot in my handguns...auto and revolver.

Snowbandit
October 22, 2011, 06:27 PM
I don't own a gun with polygonal rifling so lots of cast gets shot here. Never had a problem with it.

ljnowell
October 22, 2011, 06:48 PM
ljnowell:
I still hope you don't ONLY use lead bullets in polygonal barrels? You do use lead bullets in standard barrels, also, don't you?


I ONLY use lead in all of my barrels.

chris93555
October 22, 2011, 07:00 PM
what is polygonal rifling?

1911Tuner
October 22, 2011, 08:30 PM
I still hope you don't ONLY use lead bullets in polygonal barrels?

Lead problems in polygonal rifling comes from the bullets being too hard to obturate and seal the gases off...which cut the sides of the bullet and leave a lead ring just forward of the chamber. This problem is made worse by the hard lubes most often used on bullets from commercial casters.

A friend came and cast up a sizeable batch of 124-grain 9mm bullets with my alloy, and shot them all in his Glock. He said that there was no lead build-up in his barrel, and that it actually cleaned up easier than after firing jacketed bullets.

ljnowell
October 22, 2011, 09:34 PM
Lead problems in polygonal rifling comes from the bullets being too hard to obturate and seal the gases off...which cut the sides of the bullet and leave a lead ring just forward of the chamber. This problem is made worse by the hard lubes most often used on bullets from commercial casters.

A friend came and cast up a sizeable batch of 124-grain 9mm bullets with my alloy, and shot them all in his Glock. He said that there was no lead build-up in his barrel, and that it actually cleaned up easier than after firing jacketed bullets.

I shoot the Missouri Bullet Softball 230gr LRN out of my G21 all the time. I never have any problems with leading. Its not a load tailored to the gun either, its the same load I use in my 1911s and XD.

jcwit
October 22, 2011, 10:04 PM
I cast for all my calibers. My lead is free, I'm retired so time is not a factor. Lee molds are only around $20.00 new. Life is good.

16in50calNavalRifle
October 23, 2011, 04:21 AM
Actually, shot lead in the XD 9 for the first time today. My first work-up loads, using MBC 125 grain LRN over HP-38. The starting load (3.8 grains) and the other one (4.1 grains) both cycled the pistol and worked well. Upon examining the bore after, it seems that there was no leading - then again, I'm not exactly sure what to look for.

The lands had a bit of residue/powder on them, but after a few passes of the cleaning snake the lands were shiny as usual. Unfortunately I never examined the grooves closely, with a magnifying headset, before today. So I don't know if they show any leading or not - they're not shiny and clear, but the pattern in them is consistent. So I'm wondering whether there is some lead residue in the grooves.

For the XD chamber I really had to make these short - OAL of 1.063-70. But the primers and cases showed no signs of high or unusual pressure. The light load seemed to just barely cycle the pistol - so I may load a box or two of the higher load and see how I like them. Both seemed accurate, smoke was a bit more than usual but no issue even at an indoor range.

I needed to use the FCD to make the rounds chamber easily. I'm a little disappointed at all the the adjustments needed to load the lead, but that means I will be a batch loader -all lead for a bit, then FMJ.

And just for fun, some rifles that didn't use lead - but usually got people's attention anyway .... (in the spirit of my THR screen name)

BigN
October 23, 2011, 04:28 AM
I only have one auto, 40 S&W High Point. I shoot cast lead from MBC.

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