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I have questions reguarding turning homemade bullets on a lathe. I'm sure many hobbyists, who are machinists have done this, but many don't share information freely. This may be a question for one of the engineer types here, but what type of copper should one use if you were going to try such a thing? I've found c-110 copper rod here in town, but don't know if I should use annealed copper, or the hardened stuff. I've looked into the GS custom bullets, and know they turn custom copper projectiles, but of course they don't really share information too readily either.
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hardened, but expect a lot of fouling...
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Fouling is expected to be as bad as it is with Barnes bullets. I'd like to pursue gilding metal, but don't know where to find it, or how much it will cost. Not really looking to mass produce, just an experiment.

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And I thought I was a fanatic for casting my own 45-70 bullets.
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Well, I have access to a perfectly good CNC lathe. Why not give it a shot, and see what I come up with. I may just invent the next great hunting bullet. Unfortunately they would be very expensive. I understand now, after pricing copper, why barnes bullets are so expensive.
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I'm wondering what kind of tolerances the bullet companies hold? In checking some Berger Vld's and Nosler Accubonds, I've found diameters to be -.0004 to +.0002 from .308. I've found lenghts to run about + or- .006. I should be able to hold + or- .0002. I hope this is good enough.
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if you get good at it i would buy .338 and .408
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