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Looking for .44 Lead SWCHP Bullets

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by BullSkater, Aug 8, 2010.

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  1. BullSkater

    BullSkater Member

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    Anyone know a source for 225/240gr lead HP bullets or a HP mold at the same weight?
    Thanks
     
  2. MYREDTAIL

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    Go onto the web & Google up cast bullets & there should be a few dozen companies that carry what you need.
     
  3. BullSkater

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    Been looking for the last two hours. No luck.
    Lyman makes a 250 Grain Devastator Hollow Point Gas Check but with the gas check and lube they realy run about 265gr. I am loading for a 44 spl and only need about 225gr. I will buy the lyman if I can't find what I want.:banghead:
     
  4. Sport45

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    With a hollow point? Probably not many choices there. I think Widener's used to stock a 45 caliber SWCHP, but I never looked for one in .430.
     
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    MidsouthShootersSupply sells em, but they are backordered right now. (that's where I buy my .357 SWCHP's for loading .38 Specials)
     
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    Molds should be easy to find, commercial cast hollowpoints, not so much. In fact, I know of exactly zero options for lead hollowpoints that are not swaged.
     
  9. MichaelK

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    I've made them three different ways, and I think the best way is by swaging. I've tried casting with a hollowpoint mold and never really got good bullets with it. I gave up and sent the mold back for a refund and replaced it with a Tuncated cone mold.

    I purchased a Forster drill-base hollowpointer and was able to make reasonably good hollowpoints, but those too were inconsistant.

    Swaging turned out to be very easy. Even bullets cast in Lyman #2 alloy swage rather easily. Here's a pic of two different bullets that I cast, then swaged into hollowpoints.
    [​IMG]
     
  10. Sport45

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    How is the expansion on the cast then swaged HP's?
     
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    I can't find the Hornady .44mag 240gr LSWCHP swaged for love or money. I rrally want to try it in my .44mag defense load instead of my usual LSWC cast.
     
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    MK, Where'd you get the HP swager die? Will it work on a normal 7/8"x14 single-stage press? I'd love to be able to HP my own .358 SWC's and DEWC's, and to squish .358" bullets down to .360's.
     
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    Oh, how I love showing off my swaging pics.

    I've used CH dies that you can order at www.ch4d.com. A set of .44 dies will be about 129$ + 5$ shipping. They are threaded for a standard compound lever press. I use a RCBS RockChucker.

    By the way, here's how I make .44 magnum jacketed hollowpoints out of .40S&W cases. I've also made .357" bullets out of .380 auto cases and even 223brass cut in half.
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    Here's .40's made out of 9mm cases.
    [​IMG]
     
  14. Sport45

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    kewl...
     
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    That is too cool! Heard of doing it but never actually seen them.
     
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    I'd bet a single cavity 429421 sent to the hollow point mold service as mentioned above, would drop right at the range you need. You can always adjust the size of the hollow point pin to adjust weight.
     
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