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does anyone know anything about bullet casting? i thought is it might be fun to cast bullets for my 45-70. but i dont know anything about it.
 
after casting do your bullets need to run thru a die to size them or do they come out round enough to shoot?
 
are there different components other than lead or a blend of things that make a better bullet?
 
is there a velocity max that you can shoot without melting lead inside the barrel?
 
as you can tell I dont know anything about the subject so any help, tip, or trick would be appreciated.
 
 
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The Cast Bullet Handbook by Lyman is a good place to start for all the information you need.  Within the last few months I read in Handloader Magazine that an updated edition was just released and I believe Mike Venturino is the editor.  As a BPCR competitive shooter he knows more about casting bullets than most modern gun scribes.  It can be ordered from Lyman, Midway, Amazon and others and I have also seen it in quite a few gun shops that inventory reloading components.

Lee, Lyman and others offer reasonably priced starter kits that usually include everything you need to start casting for one caliber of your choice.  We cast thousands of round balls for BP replica Colts in high school and college and depending on where you live it can be a great winter hobby.




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i just started casting for my marlin 44mag. i got the LEE 240 RN mold, it's pretty easy to use.

i went to the local tire shop for some wheel weights, and made some darr lube.

all really cheap, and they shoot pretty good. out of the first 30 i made 23 were GTG. i've shoot about 10 so far. shoots about 2" at 50 yards off hand.

you have to get your lead nice and hot, maybe 750F, and get your mold warmed up. put the mold in the lead, and if lead sticks to it, it's not hot enough.


http://www.lasc.us/brennan_5-0_bulletlubes.htm

pretty good info.
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I'll start there. thanks for the info.

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