Bullet Casting Pro's and Con's

Discussion in 'The Ammo & Reloading Forum' started by 76Highboy, Aug 2, 2012.

  1. 76Highboy

    76Highboy Well-Known Member

    Jan 1, 2012
    Brilliant. I know alot of gun shops. Later today I will post my list and see what is needed and what is not. The hobby in general sounds like fun. Also, if they limit the purchase of bullets one day, it would not affect m, nor would the price increase.
  2. jlloyd73

    jlloyd73 Active Member

    Nov 28, 2010
    Well Highboy, I have been debating this same topic recently. I am not sure what I will do, but I have a couple of shops around town i have been getting lead from......so far I have around 200-300 lbs. Sometimes I see crazy good deals on used stuff......on craigslist and various other places......but I never have the cash to take advantage of it.

  3. gdmoody

    gdmoody Moderator Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2007
    Athens, Georgia
    Alpo, I put a gas check on every .44 mag and .357 bullet I cast.

    Highboy, before you spend that $240 at midway, you might want to look at Graf & sons for the same items. I have found that Grafs may be a tiny bit more on some items, in the long run it ends up being cheaper because of the shipping charges. Midway is kind of high on ship and handle charges where Grafs only charges a handling charge.

    I have a couple of Lee molds that I have been using for 30+ years and have not worn them out yet. If you decide to sell the lead, I would like to take some of it off your hands!
  4. armoredman

    armoredman Active Member

    On the other hand, I have a 2 cavity 158 grain SWC 357/38 Lee mold I never use anymore, if that will save you a buck or two. It's a gas check model, C358-158SWC.
    I think all told my beginning setup cost about $50 or $60, and that was only 5 years ago.
  5. aa1911

    aa1911 Well-Known Member

    Dec 12, 2010
    Pacific Northwest
    gas checks add (a very small amount) to the price per shot but they help keep the bore from leading up as fast. I generally don't use GC's on pistol though, I do for much of my rifle molds.

    from my point of view, there are no cons, only pros for casting your own! I'm addicted... it's a handy skill to have for fishing or shooting and it's a hellufa lots of relaxing fun not to mention satisfaction. Just make sure you do it safely; eyepro, heavy apron or clothes and good ventilation.

    you can handle lead all day and not get any in your system, the only ways to absorb lead is ingestion or inhalation of lead fumes. (don't lick your fingers!)

    happy castin' to ya!
  6. CampingJosh

    CampingJosh Well-Known Member

    Sep 25, 2007
    A type 7 FFL is needed to commercially manufacture ammunition. It is not needed to commercially manufacture bullets.
  7. 76Highboy

    76Highboy Well-Known Member

    Jan 1, 2012
    My father and I have always shook our heads at the ones that blame lead poisoning on reloading. Of all the lead we have handled we have never had lead poisoning. I agree on what you say about the handling of it.
  8. 76Highboy

    76Highboy Well-Known Member

    Jan 1, 2012
    Oh ya, I just asked my wife what she thought about me casting of the stove. I got the evil eye.:eek:
  9. soundguy

    soundguy Well-Known Member

    May 8, 2012
    you should have seen my wife when she walked in and I was heating a cast iron crank pulley in the oven prior to pressing it on the crankshaft of my 40's farmall C tractor.. plus had the front grill in the dish washer... and a couple rubber grommets in a quart saucepan heating them in water prior to installing them ( soften up the leather and rubber ).

    she about flipped!
  10. gun-nut

    gun-nut Member

    Jan 15, 2011
    It is an expence up front but after a few thousand it will pay for its self. I just got lucky to sell cast bullets to a few friends and that payed for it faster. I dont charge more than $75.00 per 1K. Thats still cheaper then some places but my friends dont pay for the shipping. so in the long run its cheaper for them. NO FFL needed to sell just the cast bullets.

    It's fun! I love doing the casting! It is a little bit of work. It is a bit hot. But when you load them up and go shoot is a great feeling when you send that peace of lead that you cast, down range. Its fun to experiment with diffrent leads and mix the diffrent hardness just to see what you can come up with. I did with my 38 and I have my own lead mix. My lead mix for the 38 is just a bit softer then the WW's But i have no lead fowling.
    Last edited: Aug 3, 2012
  11. 76Highboy

    76Highboy Well-Known Member

    Jan 1, 2012
    That is what I thought and that is just what I plan on doing. I just want to sell enough to initially pay for my E.Q. and then support the powder and primer cost.
  12. Clipper

    Clipper Well-Known Member

    Mar 21, 2010
    Amarillo, TX
    A few years back, a couple of lads here in town, started up a bullet casting company. I think they make a great product, better than I can cast, and only about $55 per thousand for 45 ACP. 38/357 are a tad cheaper, and his 9mm stuff is even less expensive. I can't buy direct from them, but my pal at the local shooter's supply carries them, and will order for me whenever I get close to running out. I would think they use something a bit more automated than a 20# pot and a couple of Lee molds....
  13. DBMJR1

    DBMJR1 Member

    Jul 8, 2009
    New Orleans, La.
    I just got done casting 50 lbs of 158 gr LSWC's in .358 This batch is dead soft lead, intended for .38 spl at about 780 fps. No leading.

    Happiness is always having a couple thousand bullets on hand.

    I use the Lee Tumble lube mold. Since I water drop, I have to wait for them to dry, then lube, size them, and re-lube.
  14. 76Highboy

    76Highboy Well-Known Member

    Jan 1, 2012
    50lbs? How many bullets is that? By my math, 7000 grains = 1 pound. 7000g/158g=44.3 bullets. 44.3 x 50 = 2215. That's a nice stash. How long did it take to cast them?
    Last edited: Aug 3, 2012
  15. 76Highboy

    76Highboy Well-Known Member

    Jan 1, 2012
    Moody, Graf & Son's is a great place for most shooting supplies. Thanks for the great info because it looks like I found my place to order my supplies.

    From the looks of things, it looks like you were holding out on us.;)
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