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Molding your own bullets...?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by boobap, Dec 11, 2007.

  1. boobap

    boobap Well-Known Member

    Ok. This may sound stupid, but can you mold your own bullets out of lead with out jacketing them for high powered rifles...why or why not? Also what could you make solid lead bullets for? Just pistols?

    I am pretty ignorant when it comes to this, so please don't laugh to hard!!:confused:
  2. Hunter0924

    Hunter0924 Well-Known Member

    For high pressure cast lead rifle bullets they use a harder alloy with a gas check. A gas check is a small copper disk that crimps to the base of the bullet.
    Casting lead for pistols is a great hobby and a way to save money.
  3. dmftoy1

    dmftoy1 Well-Known Member

    Yup . ...if you want to do some reading on it try: http://castboolits.gunloads.com

    The long/short of it is that you can cast rifle boolits upto a certain speed just using the right alloy and a good lube. If you want to push them faster then you use a different alloy and optionally a gas check.

    Have a good one,
  4. stubbicatt

    stubbicatt Well-Known Member

    Not a dumb question. But the reason that metal patches became as popular as they are these days is because typical cast lead alloy bullets, and even paper patched bullets, are not well suited to the higher velocities that can be obtained with smokeless powder, centerfire, rifles. If you are willing to use your bullets in a 30-30 or similar pressure, similar velocity, loading for your rifle, and you tend to use heavier slugs, you can have a great time.

    The effort to cast from a harder alloy such as linotype, or water quenched antimony/tin/lead alloys and installing a gas check and all that is significantly greater than casting for typical pistol loads.

    If you trot on down to your local lending library and read up on the subject, you will probably be able to answer your own questions very quickly. As a primer I like the Lyman Cast bullet handbook. There are other volumes on the subject, one published a few years back by Rifle magazine if I recall correctly.
  5. RDub

    RDub Active Member

    Yep, you are limited to about 2100 fps, maybe 2200 fps with cast bullets in rifles and even at these relatively low velocities you MUST use a hard alloy like linotype and use a good lube.
    The best accuracy I ever got with shooting cast bullets in some 7mm's and .30 cal's was at 1900-2000 fps, just to give you some idea of specifics..

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