I'm casting bullets after a short pause of about 15 years
Yep, my cast bullet supply finally run out and I had to get off my butt and make some more.
Got a half dozen moulds and they are all .44 caliber, everything from 145, 170, 175, 200, 250 grains.
I mean I had a damn good supply of buddits in these various weights and I finally ran out.
When I went to make some more the damn Lee pro 4 pot went bellyup on me, the termostat was rusted and in B/O wouldn't work.
Ordered a new one from Lee and it is installed after waiting for a damn 11 mm nut to hold it to the top plate finally showed up.
I was puzzled to find out that my casting methods were rather rusty...no darn wonder being away from it so long. But now things are working and the bullets are coming and the Lyman lubricator is working good after I replaced the broken handle on it with a more modern Lyman handle...this unit is probably 35 years old but still works.
I've been bumping up my .44 caliber bullets to .45 Colt caliber by using swaging dies on my Herter press which is probably 50 years old and strong enough to swage without something breaking.
Probably be better off buying some .45 Colt caliber moulds with .454 diameter, as I shoot them in an old WW-1 second generation military model they made for the brits in .455 caliber.
My gun was converted way back then to .45 Colt and is a good shooter, but it has oversized chamber cylinder throats and I'm compensating by making most of my bullets with hollow bases by swaging these suckers one at a time.
To me this is great fun, to others it is probably a pain in the butt...but it keeps me thinking and busy.
Thats all, jabbe jaws will give it a rest now.