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Postby Shepard » Sat Jan 11, 2014 12:01 pm

Cast Bullets -- there cheaper to buy them then jacketed bullets by a mile. But has anyone looked at what it cost to make cast rounds? This new rifle I'm building - the 50 cal, you buy boxes of bullets 50 at a time. so I started looking a cast bullets that are as pointy as I can fine. Not to many out there. I looked at molds - found what I wanted so I started to look at equipment for making cast bullets. I was surprised at the amount of equipment needed to make a precision cast bullet.

1 a way to melt lead
2 bullet molds
3 bullet sizing machine
4 sizing and lube dies
5 gas checks
6 bullet lube ----- and I'm sure I'm missing something. So far were over 300.00 dollars in equipment.
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Re: Cast Bullets

Postby farmerboy78 » Sat Jan 11, 2014 12:07 pm

You can get the Lee sizing dies...they will fit your normal reload press,crimp on the gas check, and collect them in a container...it comes with a lot I believe as a lube you rub on or you can spray on moly...then all you need is mounds and a furnace...This is easy,cheap,and how I do it...
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Re: Cast Bullets

Postby Gamecock24 » Sat Jan 11, 2014 2:40 pm

Jerry I think you're wanting the spire point bullets. Here's where you can order precast bullets until you're setup to mold your own.
http://www.mattsbullets.com/index.php?m ... x&cPath=66
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Re: Cast Bullets

Postby Shepard » Sat Jan 11, 2014 4:11 pm

Thanks for the input Gamecock. With prices like that and the type bullet you suggested I'd be wasting my time making bullets for one gun. I ordered some S&W 500 goodies to day. I've got 100 Starline cases -- a Lee Carbide die set -- and 50 Hornady 300 gr FTX bullets -- yeah me.
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Re: Cast Bullets

Postby Gamecock24 » Sat Jan 11, 2014 8:26 pm

Another good thing is the 500 SW bullets use large rifle primers too.
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Re: Cast Bullets

Postby Shepard » Sat Jan 11, 2014 8:37 pm

Yes the Starline brass has the modified primer pockets for Large Rifle primers. That's a great upgrade over large pistol primers.
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Re: Cast Bullets

Postby Marauder 1 » Sat Jan 11, 2014 11:42 pm

Why does that ring a bell with me. I seem to remember something about the reason they did that was because finding pistol primers was getting very difficult. I have a note somewhere about that exact subject. Let me see if I can find it.

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Use LARGE RIFLE primers in cases. Be absolutely sure the primer does not protrude from case head since cases made before July 2003 were for Large Pistol primers (which are not as deep by .006" ). New cases for large rifle should have "LR" or "R" on the case head. If not, they may have been made for the large pistol primers. IT DOES make a difference which you use.



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Re: Cast Bullets

Postby Shepard » Sun Jan 12, 2014 4:38 am

Thank you Mark, being new to this, I have read a little about the SW 500. What I've read was that the pistol primer burned through because of the softness of the metals needed to make the primers function properly. SSo -- they went to large rifle and Magnum large rifle. Any other information would be greatly appreciated. Thanks again.
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Re: Cast Bullets

Postby Gamecock24 » Wed Jan 15, 2014 10:37 am

Shep if you still want to cast your own .501 bullets once you figure out what these beast like to eat. Here's a place that will let design your bullet mold www.mountainmolds.com
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Re: Cast Bullets

Postby Shepard » Wed Jan 15, 2014 7:50 pm

Here is a video on casting bullets and loading for the 500 S&W -- the man uses RCBS loading equipment but Lee carbide dies. I like the idea of the large rifle primers. I don't have to buy something else -- I just use what I have.



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MnBCm0kKISE
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