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Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Delbert, Mar 24, 2013.

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  1. Delbert

    Delbert Member

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    Anyone have any experience with this company and their products? I am just starting out in reloading for my .40 cal pistol and trying to gather all the components i need. Have a 550 on back order as well primers and powder. Seems like a reasonable price with shipping and haven't had much luck ordering any other bullets so far.
     
  2. ljnowell

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    Never used them. If you are having trouble getting bullets, I would recommend Missouri Bullet Company. They will get them to you. I recently made a large order, some of them a popular bullet they were backordered on, and even with blizzards stopping shipping I still had them in less than two weeks. Normally, when there isnt a panic buy going on, Missouri Bullet is two day turnaround on bullets.
     
  3. Delbert

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    will check them out thank you. Are lead bullets easier on beginners or should i try for jacketed bullets first to get the hang of it. all i am looking for is cheap target loads.
     
  4. bds

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    Before there were jacketed/plated bullets, every reloader used lead bullets to reload their rounds. Modern jacketed/plated bullets are simply "full-length gas-checked" lead bullets to prevent leading. ;) :D

    Although it is easier to start reloading with jacketed/plated bullets, you can start with lead bullets with some considerations, especially for 40S&W which lacks current published lead load data from most powder manufacturers. Lyman #49 has lead loads for 40S&W and I highly recommend it as a must have manual for new reloaders.

    Here are some threads to get you started:

    http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?p=8363457#post8363457

    http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?p=8506918#post8506918

    http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?p=8464991#post8464991

    http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?p=8394739#post8394739
     
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    Falcon makes a nice product, they have great prices, and they deliver product
    within a few business days. I have been very happy with them.
     
  6. Delbert

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    Thanks for the links bds i have a lot of reading and figuring still. I am leaning towards starting with plated or jacketed but will have to wait and see what i can find thanks again.
     
  7. noylj

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    Generally, I would avoid all plated bullets. As of about 2 years ago, I started shooting jacketed bullets for 9mm and .38 from Montana Gold and Precision Delta as case lots were priced within one cent/bullet of cast bullet prices.
    All beginners should start with jacketed bullets.
    Cast lead and plated have their own learning curves.
    Before I started shooting the referenced jacketed bullets, about all I shot were cast lead bullets.
    For cast lead, you need to slug your barrel and determine what the groove diameter of the barrel is. The lead bullets should be AT LEAST 0.001" OVER groove diameter--and sometimes need to be 0.002-0.003" over.
    I find that most cast bullets are made using a BHN of about 20, which is about 10 more than required for any non-magnum handgun.
    mastercastbullets.com has GREAT pricing on softer alloy (12-14 BHN). These are great bullets.
    When I use hard cast bullets and get some leading, I find that a very light tumble lube of Lee Liquid Alox eliminates the leading problem.
    Leading is easy to get rid of. Some copper wool or Copper Chore-Boy "filaments" wrapped around a brass brush will easily scrub it out.
     
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    I just received my first order from Falcon. Nice lead boolits, priced right, shipping was reaonable and fast. Nice people too. Order with confidence.
     
  9. ksninew

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    I ordered 1000 45acp on sunday night and i got them on saturday.

    Very nice.
     
  10. steelerdude99

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    I have been using MidAtlantic (http://store.midatlanticbullets.com/) and like many other companies (like http://www.missouribullet.com), they have warnings that they are over two weeks in filling orders. I see no such warning on falcon's web page. The have a 1/2 price shipping sale ($6.50 vs. $13.00 for up to four items, see link below) and think they might be worth a try. Most of the 9mm lead I load is 125g. The 125g 9mm is a conical vs round. They have the less common 115g lead round nose 9mm. Limited selection on bullet types and calibers (in my opinion).

    http://www.falconbullets.com/Current_Specials_s/1826.htm

    Falcon's 9mm selection:

    http://www.falconbullets.com/category_s/1820.htm

    chuck
     
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    I agree just nervous to start out using lead. It hard enough trying to figure everything in general just starting out. So much information factors to keep track of.

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  12. steelerdude99

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    I think factory manufactured lead bullets are easy to load. They are less expensive then jacketed or plated. When you load and especially when you shoot bare lead, wash your hands thoroughly afterwards.

    I have nothing against casting my own; it's just not on my "bucket list".

    chuck
     
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    Right now with components nearly absent, you'll be lucky to start at all.

    If you had your choice of components, then plated or jacketed is the place to start. They are much lower on the learning curve. Dont forget that starting out, you're learning your press, your scale, your powder measure, etc, etc.

    Going from crawling to walking is a much better choice than trying to go from crawling to dancing.
     
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    +1 for Falcon. Good bullets, good price.

    All time favorites though is Missouri Bullet Company (MBC)! They offer us a 5% discount, even in these crazy times, and their turn around times aren't too bad, no matter what the website says!!! +100K for MBC.

    Can also look at ZCast Bulletz in AZ.
     
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    I agree with RFWobbly. I would start with plated or FMJ first. I shoot lead 99.9% of the time out of my 1911's, and XDm45's. My Glock 21 gets Plated, or FMJ. I tried Friendswood lead in my .40s&w XDm last year. His bullets are very nice, but I have decided to stick with plated or FMJ only in my .40's. All of my .40 loads use 180gr bullets, and I had pressure issues with the 180gr lead bullets in my .40's. The bullet is much longer than a plated, or FMJ resulting in virtually no air space in my cases. I contacted Hodgdon about this, and was advised to NOT load 180gr lead in .40. I know a lot of loaders that load 140gr lead with no problems. Just remember .40s&w is a high pressure round, and you really need to be careful when loading .40s&w.
     
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    +1 billion, and +1 another billion on Missouri Bullet Co.
    Both the manual & the bullets are as good as you can get (commerically)

    of course my own castings are the best ;) :D
     
  17. Delbert

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    Midway has rainer plated .40 bullets either 155 grain flat point or 180 plated hollow point would these be ok as a starter bullet for a beginner reloader?

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  18. gahunter12

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    ^^^ Yes. They would be a great bullet. It will be up to you to decide which weight to get. I like the heavier 180gr because its less snappy, and you can really soften the recoil. The 155gr will be more snappy, but faster. I have 1k 180gr Rainier FP on my bench as I type. Just remember to not push them as hard as FMJ. I usually load my plated bullets using lower end FMJ charges. This keeps the velocity down, reduces recoil, and saves $$ on powder.

    Just remember not to crimp the plated bullets too much. I have my crimp set where my case mouth measures .421". Anything more will start digging in the platting. 3.9gr of Winchester WST under the 180gr pill with a OAL of 1.129" is a very, very nice shooting load.
     
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    Thanks Ga i ordered 1000 of the 180 hollow points would have preferred fp buts all i have shot is 180 so thats what am sticking with. Thanks for the load info i have wst powder all ready so now just gotta find some primers and wait for everything to arrive.

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    As I needed them anyhow, I gave Falcon Bullets a try. My order just arrived today. I ordered 500 9mm 115g and 500 148g 38 special wad cutters on April 1. They look good, but I won’t have time to try them until a few weeks out. The bullets come in thick cardboard boxes that are about the size of a square 4X4. Per falcon, four of these can fit into a medium USPS Priority mail flat rate box with their half off special shipping of $6.50. As of today, the special on shipping is still there. They e-mailed me the tracking info a few days ago.

    Just one guy who is a happy customer,
    chuck
     
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    Falcon Bullets first class ...500 240gr. .44 cal. ordered 5/21/13 ...recieved 5/24/13...take care
     
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    Have used several of the Falcon bullets, in 9mm and .45 auto. Very nice product, both loading and shooting. Can't go wrong with good bullets at a good price, and about a week from ordering to receiving them.
     
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    Friendly folks. Nice boolits. Fair price. Can't go wrong.
     
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    Falcon Bullets is the only cast bullets I'll run now! I shoot their 140gr .401 dia TCFPs in .40 and 10mm. They're accurate (just ask the guys kickin butt in competition with them) and they don't mind being loaded warm. I run them at 1400fps in my 10mm without a gas check in a LW barrel and have had ZERO issues. Can't say enough good things about them ATM...
     
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    Perusing through FB and saw where they are shipping for 1/2 price until the end of the month! www.falconbullets.com
     
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