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The virus is making my bullet supply grow

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by e rex, Dec 23, 2020.

  1. e rex

    e rex Member

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    My wife and I aren't young anymore and we both have conditions that don't need the virus to complicate so to get out of the house and avoid divorce I go out to the garage and melt scrap lead and pour bullets. I've got a bucket full of 150 grain 358477 bullets that I will never live long enough to shoot up. I've got a few other numbers also but my 686 seems to like the little 150 grainer the best.
    358429 comes in a close second but it is still second. I guess the virus has been good for something. Slowly going "lock down nuts".......better go to the garage and fire up the furnace!
     
  2. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator Staff Member

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    Making lemonade from lemons.
     
  3. Bfh_auto

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    You could always sell them...
    I'm just now learning how to cast. We're starting with 245 rnfp 30 cal and 210 sp 30 cal.
     
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    The only thing growing over here is my waist , my supplies are holding steady though.
     
  5. rocirish

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    I agree with Obturation. I need to start getting more exercise. I suppose one of these days it will start snowing and then I will get plenty of exercise.
     
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  7. Virginia Jim

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    Sell them as fishing sinkers.
     
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  8. Bfh_auto

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    150gr ingots.
    I didn't think about it being considered manufacturing.
     
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  9. e rex

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    I'm not in it to make money, drop by and I'll give you some.
     
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  10. derek45

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    The 358477 and 358429 both excellent 38/357 bullets

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  11. e rex

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    Those are nice bullets.
     
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  12. Whiterook808

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    I have the same problem! I can't shoot with this plague going on and I have loaded just about everything possible.

    Everyone stay safe and have a Merry Christmas!
     
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  13. GooseGestapo

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    With the primer and powder situation, they’ll likely stay unfired!
     
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  14. Caplock

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    Dang what are you doing to get the powder on so evenly? I tried shaking in a bowl, vibrator tumbler. Either gets too much or not enough.
    Even bought a powder coating gun but then it's a pain to get the bottoms.
    Im about to give up on powder coating my own bullets.
     
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  15. cfullgraf

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    Eastwood sells empty bottles that they use for about a pound of powder coat powder. I load them up with some bullets and powder. I've shaken them by hand or put them in a Thumbler tumbler to rotate for 10 +/- minutes or so.

    I dump the bullets out on a strainer and hand pick the bullets putting them base down on a cookie sheet with coated aluminum foil. I make sure my fingers are coated with powder before picking up the bullets. If the powder looks a little thin, with powder on my fingers, I can "recoat" the weak spots by rolling my powder coated fingers around the bullet..

    I get pretty good coverage although some powders do not work as well as others. Eastwood Ford Blue and MG Maroon work well. Some of the others work well as well. But it is a bit time intensive picking up each bullet and placing it on the cookie sheet.

    I do not like dumping the coated bullets on a screen, spreading them out and heating them. It does not make a uniform coating for me.

    I hope this gives you some ideas.

    I like coated bullets but will admit it takes more time than I really want to commit.
     
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  16. Targa

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    Very nice! I have found myself reloading and casting more for other people than I have for myself lately. Like you, it gets me out of the house, out of the wife’s hair and I feel good doing something for others.
     
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  17. Targa

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    Great looking bullets cfullgraf. I just got my powder from Smoke in the mail for my 1st powder coating attempt, decided on clear so that my blemishes I am guessing I will encounter won’t stick out so much...:D
     
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  18. FROGO207

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    What gets me is I can buy bullets made by say, Missouri Bullet and after trying some decide I want a different profile and because I was an idiot I bought 10K. So I can sell them to another person, say you, without a license. But if I make them at my shop/house and sell those exact bullets that's illegal. Guess thats why I'm not a lawyer.:p
     
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