First Bullet Casting Session
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First Bullet Casting Session

It’s my first Saturday off in 2 months and I’m home alone. Time to start bullet casting. This is my first time using the Lee 4-20 pot and the Lee 358-140 SWC bullet mold. I had some wheel weight lead that I have been ordering from Ebay. Experienced casters, tell me what I did right […]
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Does Cast Bullet Hardness Change over 1 Week?

Does Cast Bullet Hardness Change over 1 Week? It’s been a week now since we cast up a batch of water-quenched and air-cooled bullets as part of our ongoing lead hardness testing project. Have they changed since they were first cast, and if so, how? Method As with the previous experiment, five bullets each were […]
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Does Cast Bullet Hardness change over 24 Hours?

Does Cast Bullet Hardness change over 24 Hours? In my last article, we took a look at some tests comparing air-cooled and water-quenched bullets, and reviewed the data from both.  During the preparation for that post, I took it upon myself to cast enough ‘spare’ bullets of both varieties to perform additional testing in the […]
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How much does Quenching increase Cast Bullet Hardness?

How much does Quenching increase Cast Bullet Hardness? If you’ve been following my articles for any length of time, chances are you already know I water-quench virtually all my cast bullets.  While the fact that quenching increases hardness is fairly well known and agreed upon, I’ve always wondered just how effective it really is.  Over […]
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Reloading Ammunition to Save Money

Reloading Ammunition to Save Money Having owned a firearms business for several years, I was (and often still am) mystified whenever I’d hear someone casually remark that “You can’t save money reloading ammunition.”  Many gun shops are understandably reluctant to carry much stock when it comes to reloading for several reasons, not the least of […]
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Resizing Bullets with Lee Precision’s Lube & Size Kit

Resizing Bullets with Lee Precision’s Lube & Size Kit In several previous articles, I detailed the process used to formulate your own home-made bullet lubricant, and apply it to bullets cast from wheel-weight alloy.  In this article we’ll build on those achievements by moving to the last step in preparing cast lead bullets; sizing. Although […]
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Pan-Lubing Cast Bullets

Sooner or later, every bullet caster needs to decide how they plan to lubricate their bullets before loading.  Lubrisizing with a high-end unit from Star, RCBS or Lyman is fast, but expensive.  Powder coating works well, but takes a lot of time and energy.  Tumble-lubing with a product like Lee's Liquid Alox is simple, but makes a big mess.  Sometimes the old ways still have a place in the modern caster's arsenal, and for many of us, that makes pan-lubing a great option.
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Smelting Wheel Weights into Lead Ingots

Smelting Wheel Weights into Lead Ingots While it’s true that bullet casters can purchase lead alloys from a number of different reputable manufacturers, the fact remains that the majority of us still rely on tried, tested and true wheel weights as our primary material source.  Wheel weights have been around for many, many years, and […]