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  1. cadena

    cadena New Member

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    So I am new to all of this and was looking into it and am having trouble finding the equipment I would need to just start making 9mm ammo for any hand gun.

    For example I was looking at the moulds on the rcbs page and found four different types of 9mm moulds...can anyone tell me the difference and what kind I would need?


    82027 - BULLET MOULD 9MM-124-CN 402
    82026 - BULLET MOULD 9MM-115-RN 115
    82062 - BULLET MOULD 9MM-124-RN 401
    82063 - BULLET MOULD 9MM-124-RN-TG 115

    ???????????

    And then the presses and the priming, I'm not sure how that works so if someone could point me in the direction of a book or manual that explains all of this or could someone explain...many thanks
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    BETH Well-Known Member

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    Welcome to the forum don't worry u will get all the help u need on here and don't be afraid to ask questions, i asked a million, someone will be along to help u
  3. Appliancedude

    Appliancedude Well-Known Member

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    Are you wanting to cast your own bullets? Do you have a source of lead? IMHO it would be better to start with pre cast bullets and make sure this is a hobby you want to pursue. Then worry about the casting side to reloading. Just my 2 pennies
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    The molds are for different weights and nose shapes.
  5. cadena

    cadena New Member

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    It is a hobby I want to persue and I'm trying to cast my own bullets so I would like to try and figure out which mold I would need. And yes I have a source of lead, I work at a scrapyard.

    And I'm not sure what you mean, sorry but you must understand that I'm 19 and I've owned two handguns so far. A ruger and a p30 and have always bought ammo from the store so I'm not sure what you mean when you say its for different weights. Nose shapes I understand.
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    82027 - BULLET MOULD 9MM-124-CN 402 = 124 grain weight when cast and countersunk nose
    82026 - BULLET MOULD 9MM-115-RN 115 round nose 115 grain
    82062 - BULLET MOULD 9MM-124-RN 401 etc
    82063 - BULLET MOULD 9MM-124-RN-TG 115 etc

    now as a beginner keep it simple

    choose a common weight (115 or 124 are most common for home casting )
    but remember to check finish as well

    here's a link that may help

    http://jack404.minus.com/mM4hmczwF
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    cadena it sounds like you need to do some reading first off before you jump into purchasing equipment. If you don't you will wind up buying stuff that is wrong or stuff you don't need. Look at the Stickies at the beginning of the Ammo and Reloading forum here. LDBennette one of the pros here has some excellent threads that will help you get started. All the equipment and component manufactures put out manuals that will work you through the process. Lyman 49th, Hornady, RCBS has a DVD, Cast Bullet Handbook 4th are just a few.

    Listen to Jack404 another pro around here. JLA is another pro that puts out some beautiful cast bullets. I am sure I have left out others.
  8. jack404

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    actually i'd start shooting first

    get a idea of what you want

    some folks hate heavy projectiles in 9mm some folks dont like light ones.

    choose what you want to shoot

    then get the stuff you need if you need it

    folks always tend to buy way too much stuff
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    You are dead on Jack! So many people get into reloading with out the knowledge of where they want to go. They wind up buying things they don't need, and odd ball bullets that they can't find a load for.
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    If you really want to start... I would start out with some stuff from LEE. The melting pots are cheep but do work just fine. All of the Lee stuff is cheeper then most other brands. this will give you a taste of it and if you dont like to do it then your not out of a crap load of money. But if you find that you like it then i would go on ahead and buy the more quility stuff latter on. Just one word of advice.... Reloading and casting will grow!!! Make shure that you have plenty of room.
  12. cadena

    cadena New Member

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    Yes I know as I stated in the original post I said I would like someone to refer me to any books or manuals if they know of any. I am aware I don't know anything about this and am not sure where to find books on it.
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    http://jack404.minus.com/mM4hmczwF

    a very good book on beginning reloading and casting is the first title , a dozen other decent books and guides , and about 100 product manuals , all free

    help yourself

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    I find that amazon.com has a lot of books available at good prices. The two links that steve4102 put up are great books and $19.99 is a really good price for both of them. The Lyman #49 is a great reloading manual and one that I suggest every time the subject comes up.
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    Post #10 above.
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