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Best Place For Cheap Leadcast Ammunition

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by RadishFarmer, Jul 21, 2011.

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  1. RadishFarmer

    RadishFarmer Member

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    Good afternoon,

    I applied for membership at the local gun club and the indoor range does not permit ammunition with a copper jacket. I've been looking online, but I don't see too many companies that sell leadcast ammunition. There's places that sell the bullets, but I do not reload yet. I was wondering if someone might be able to recommend a place to get cheap leadcast ammunition, preferably not using reused brass.

    On a side note, I also read somewhere that it's bad to use lead rounds in anything with a polygonal rifle. Is this just an old wives' tale? If not, why is this the case?

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. withdrawn34

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    The only thing I can think of is revolver cartridges. Otherwise, loaded auto ammo with unjacketed bullets seem fairly rare.

    That seems like an odd rule. Does anyone actually use that indoor range? If there's another range around you, I think I might advise withdrawing your membership. I wouldn't pay money to be part of a gun club if they can't accomodate ammunition that's been in common use for over 100 years.
     
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    What caliber? Lead ammo is pretty common in revolver cartridges; not so much in auto cartridges but it does exist -- mostly as remanufactured (reloads.) Or you can reload it yourself.

    My gun club has the same rule for the indoor range. You can use whatever you want outside. I reload, so it's not a problem. They also allow ammo using plated bullets, like Berry's or Rainier. They don't want pieces of jacket coming back to the firing line and cutting somebody.

    It's an old wives tale with a little truth to it.
     
  4. RadishFarmer

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    paul 34,

    The revolver ammunition is a great consideration. I have been consistently bringing my 1911 to the range for the last few months and have neglected my revolver practice. This would be a good opportunity to concentrate on revolver drills. Do you remember what brands offer lead ammo? I think I remember someone like Magtech making them.

    The range is nice in that it has an outdoor bow range, pistol range and [300 yard] rifle range. The perk of the indoor range is that it's open 24/7 for its members. The steel lining is pretty thin, though, at something like .75" so jacketed rounds are strictly prohibited.

    zxcvbob,

    I mostly shoot .45 ACP, but I have handguns in .32, .380, 9mm, .357 and .40that I should be using more often. If you can recall a company that manufactures new lead ammo in .45 ACP [or any caliber], it'd be a tremendous help. Revolver ammo recommendations would help, too, as I stated to paul34.

    So, if I shoot lead ammo out of my Glock or my HK, I shouldn't have a high chance of a KB? I've heard everything from just more intensive cleaning to potential for nearly fatal accidents.
     
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    Yes, Mastercast in Enon valley PA is where I get..

    all my cast bullets and ammo:what: for 38 special , 45 Colt and 357 mag. They load a lot of stuff and I have shot thousands of it and find them to be most pleasant and helpful. Their phone number is 724-336-6565. Give them a call and you will be glad you did. I do some reloading but for certain calibers at their prices , why bother.
     
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    Maybe find out from the old fudds that run the club why they feel that copper jackets are dangerous at the indoor range. Copper jacket bullets are NOT any more or less dangerous than cast lead. And in fact they lead to less lead exposure for the shooter.


    Any time I've ever shot cast lead rounds at the indoor range I go to I had a funky sweet taste at the back of my throat. That taste is lead that got peeled off and shot out sideways by my revolver or that came out the rear with the last of the gas pressure with my semi autos. When I shoot jacketed ammo I don't get that taste.
     
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    Yes and no.

    My Kahr K9 has the usual 'stopsign' poly rifling and will lead badly after a few rounds. My Glock 21 on the other hand has a smooth bore with rounded lands and refuses to lead after 200 rounds downrange.

    I'm sure some of it has to do with 9mm being double the pressure of 45, but something to ponder.
     
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    "I had a funky sweet taste at the back of my throat. That taste is lead that got peeled off and shot out sideways by my revolver or that came out the rear with the last of the gas pressure with my semi autos. When I shoot jacketed ammo I don't get that taste."


    YES me too. It's like Willy Wonka's Bullet Factory. Free candy with range fees,
     
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