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Fixing a Tinned Brass Mold

Filed in Articles, Bullet Casting Tips by on July 8, 2014 0 Comments • views: 1001
Fixing a Tinned Brass Mold

So you have bits of lead adhering to your brass bullet mold? That’s not lead. It’s tin. Or to be more precise, it’s oxides of lead and tin.

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Tin

Filed in Articles, Bullet Casting, Bullet Casting Tips by on April 28, 2014 0 Comments • views: 941
Tin

In the earliest days of bullet casting when the buffalo hunters sat around the campfire and melted lead into round balls, those bullets were pure lead.  Why don’t we still use pure lead for our bullets? 1. Pure lead deforms easily (called obduration).  Some amount of obduration is good: it helps form a tight gas […]

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How to Fix a Dripping Bullet Casting Furnace Spout

How to Fix a Dripping Bullet Casting Furnace Spout

Does the spout on your bullet casting furnace drip?  Here’s how to fix it in most cases. Lee 10lb Bottom Pour Bullet Casting Furnace: I christened mine Sir Dripsalot. The bad news is that this particular furnace is born to leak. Following the steps below will reduce the problem but you can never eliminate it. […]

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The Low-Down on Hard Cast Bullets

Filed in Ammo, Articles, Bullet Casting, Bullet Casting Tips by on April 7, 2014 0 Comments • views: 787
The Low-Down on Hard Cast Bullets

If you are new to casting your own bullets then you’ve probably noticed that must commercial casters tout that their bullets are ‘hard cast’.  SInce they are all bragging about it then it must be something you must achieve with your own bullets, right?  Maybe, maybe not. First some background. The metric commonly used to […]

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If I Cast My Own Bullets How Much Money Will I Save?

Filed in Articles, Bullet Casting, Bullet Casting Tips, Uncategorized by on April 5, 2014 0 Comments • views: 654
If I Cast My Own Bullets How Much Money Will I Save?

How much money wil you save casting your own bullets? The answer is ‘none’ because you will shoot more. OK, now for the serious answer: To cast my 230gr .45acp bullets I seem to use about 33 pounds of lead to cast 1000 bullets. . Right now lead is running about a dollar a pound […]

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Bullet Casting Using Bismuth Instead of Lead?

Filed in Articles, Bullet Casting, Bullet Casting Tips by on April 5, 2014 0 Comments • views: 1357
Bullet Casting Using Bismuth Instead of Lead?

Cast Bullets using bismuth instead of lead? With some states outlawing the use of lead in bullets, bullet casters are searching for an alternative. Bismuth is approximately as dense as lead. It’s melting point is 520F, about 100 degrees lower than lead. It is very brittle, and so a bismuth bullet would tend to shatter upon […]

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Bullet Casting Using Zinc Instead of Lead?

Filed in Articles, Bullet Casting, Bullet Casting Tips by on March 27, 2014 0 Comments • views: 1431
Bullet Casting Using Zinc Instead of Lead?

Since the manufacturers of wheel weights are switching to zinc from lead, What about casting zinc bullets?

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Beware of the Tinsel Fairy

Filed in Bullet Casting, Bullet Casting Tips by on March 21, 2014 0 Comments • views: 2238
Beware of the Tinsel Fairy

We call her the Tinsel Fairy. If you are casting your own bullets eventually she’ll visit you. Avoid putting anything in your bullet casting furnace that has any residual moisture. For example, you may store you lead ingots outside.  You get up some nice cool morning – the dew is till on the ground – […]

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There is Plenty of Lead

Filed in Articles, Bullet Casting, Bullet Casting Tips by on November 11, 2013 0 Comments • views: 753
There is Plenty of Lead

The recent closure of the last lead smelter in the US at Herculaneum, Missouri has caused some hysteria among reloaders

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