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Bullet casting, what to buy

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by tabberski, Jan 7, 2008.

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  1. tabberski

    tabberski Member

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    Hello all,

    Love this web, always been friendly. I''m looking a bullet casting as a way to save money now that bullets are skyrocketing. Is it worth it? I plan on casting both .357, and .45 acp. What molds do you recoment, do I resize, what resizer should I buy if needed. how about using old wheel weights?? I can get them real cheap, like $15.00 per 5 gal. pale. So steer me into a safe direction if you can.. Thanks again. I already reload, just haven't tried casting.
     
  2. dmftoy1

    dmftoy1 Member

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    Welcome to the site.

    First . .accumulate all the wheel weights you can get your hands on. I've gotten about 1000lbs in the last 12 months and wish I had more.

    Second - go to http://castboolits.gunloads.com pop open a cold one and start reading.

    Third - Don't get too intimidated. The first thing you're going to do is smelt your lead. You'll need a heat source (Turkey fryer's work great), a cast iron pot, a thermometer, and some sort of skimmer and some sawdust.

    Don't eat or drink when casting/smelting and wash your hands when you're done.

    As far as molds and equipment I'm using the cheap Lee stuff (20 lb bottom pour pot, and aluminum molds). There's better stuff out there, but the Lee stuff works good and lets you know what you like/don't like.

    (Star Lubersizer . .but you can go ALOT cheaper than one of those too)

    Have a good one,
    Dave
     
  3. hawkeye1

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    I use a lead pot on my coleman stove to melt down the wheel weights and get all the dirt and clips out. Then pour into ingots to be used in my Lee Lead furnace. This way I keep all the junk out of my good pot.

    As for brand. I have had great results with Lee. I have a Lee 10 pound bottom pour furnace. I have many Lee bullet molds, and they make great bullets. Also, I have an RCBS Lube a Matic. Works like a champ. Worth a look is Lee bullet sizer. Cheaper and easy to use.

    Welcome to casting, and remember to cast outside, with plenty of ventilation.

    Good shooting
     
  4. armoredman

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    Ditto on castboolits.com, great bunch over there, TONS of great info. I have been casting for a few months, and love it.
     
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