My First Cast Bullets

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    I will run the temp at about 800 for big cals. like 40 s&w on up. 675 for 9mm and 750 for 38/357. Its a lot of just playing around , but when you find that one temp that works for you write it down. Diffrent sizes and weights will have a varence on your temps. Thats what i have found out for myself. I dont go over 800 because if you do at 850-900 the lead will start to put a vapor and a dust in the air. so the lowest temp that it takes to poor good bullets is the best to go. Now i do run the 6 cavity molds from lee. I have found that if you get them a bit to hot for to long they will just slightly warp a bit and will let lead pass and you will have a flat casting peace that you will trim off or just put in your remelt pot. For bullets that look like the one in the upper right i will use for myself for play time or just testing out diffrent powders etc. But for people that buy them from me or that i am doing a shoot or hunting, i would use the ones on the left. The last 2 on the right they hit the melter again. I am not supper picky , but when you get the grove, go and dont stop till you cant take it anymore. I will cast for 4-8 hours just because i have a grove and the bullets are poring well. Its hard to put it down when you get that good poor going. It takes time to get it right. I have had time where i try and try and just give up for the day. Then i will fire it all up a few days latter and presto! it all falls into place. Dont know why it does that, but it does.
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    Range Report

    My first Home made bullets on paper.
    180gr, 10MM, 9.5gr AA #7, 25 yards, DW CBOB.

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    Four mags later.

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    I know the gun can do better than this, but It could be me and not my newly cast bullets. I didn't shoot any other ammo as I wanted to check for leading with my cast stuff. Next time I will test both home grown and commercial and compare for accuracy. BTW, there was no leading after 50 rounds.:)
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    Oh, you want to know about the 45 ACP bullets I showed earlier? Why didn't you say so. Here is the first mag, 200gr SWC, 4.9gr WST, DW PM7 BOBTail, 25 yards.

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    This is after 5 mags.

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    There was a little leading, but very minimal and cleaned up with a few swipes with the Chore-Boy.
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    Yeah, I'm most happy about the feeding in my 1911's. The Lee LSWC is a very pointed design and I was worried about how it would feed. Worked great.

    The 10MM 175gr(180+gr) TC is very sharp at the tip. Thought this might give me some feeding issues, nope feed perfectly, :)

    I was also pleasantly surprised that there was no leading in the 10. My mix is WW with some (20%) pure lead pipe mixed in.
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    if the section in the case is well fitted , you'd be amazed what you can get away with ;)

    should be a decent mix if you can recover some to see how the rifling is on any ( water shots best hope) this will confirm your mix is hard enough

    i dont use hardness testers i recover the rounds and check the goove and land marks to see if they are clean or "serrated" looking which means too soft and leaving lead behind
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    I've never encountered severe leading, it's way overhyped IMO. I will clean them well after a range session but have not ever had issues with leading in rifle or pistol that a normal cleaning didn't take care of.

    Very satisfying to make holes with your own! Looks like you're hooked now. spent some time on the LA sillouhette club's sight, very good info. Need to start doing my own alloy here soon, down to my last 100lbs of WW.
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    Thanks, I'll try that.
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