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Hello all. I enjoy casting bullets. I put all kinds of stuff in my shed. If you cast or used to cast or thought about casting please join in.
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Last year before the covid We put money down on an Amish built 16X16' shed that I intended to be My "Sporting Room" . somehow over the summer I dug out and leveled the area and shoveled and hauled 6 ton's of gravel 300' to the backyard for the base. The crew showed up on time and I have My small building.
I have been in the process lately of moving in. I have nearly 500lb of sheet lead from a relative who worked construction in Cleveland.
A few weeks ago I put an ad here on Leverguns for two round ball molds one .457 and another .490 for My old Army and My TC Renegade. never had to cast Rb's before as they were everywhere...........within a day our Member "Shasta" responds He has a .457 mold. send Me Your address. :? .
So I do and three days later a package comes in the mail from California .
Inside With the RCBS mold is this:
" Hello Jim,
Enclosed is the RCBS .457 round ball mold I offered you on the Leverguns forum. I wanted you to have it because the forum members were very kind to Me, sending Me $1,000 in donations after I lost My home and all My reloading equipment in the 2018 Carr Fire, which destroyed thousands of acres and over a thousand homes here in Shasta County. I wanted to pay that kindness forward.
I kept My bullet molds inside GI ammo cans, but the fire was so hot most of the molds were warped beyond use. This mold did warp, but it is so slight that I'm sure it will still throw good round balls. The wood burned off the handles, but I was able to replace it with some Oak dowel .I hope it serves You Well. Regards , Tim."

Of course I'm blown away the mold is very usable and the one thing that Is Crazy for Me is that at the time I was still working full time and I never contributed to the fund... :oops: :oops: :oops: . I immediately put a check in the mail right back to Tim for $50.00.....later that week He responded He got it He didn't expect anything for it and donated the money to the NRA. So I now have a piece of History from the Carr Fire. I hope to put it to use soon. Thank You.
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Let us know how well it works.
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That's a pretty cool story and piece of history!

I inherited some of my grandfather's moulds and equipment years ago and have been adding to it ever since with plans of casting my own someday. I've been experimenting off and on for the last couple of years and not with components unavailable or over priced I'm going to get more serious about it. I have a pretty good stash of lead and linotype that our old friend John Kort sent me a few years ago.
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I don't have a casting "shed".
I have a 30' X 55' shop building and I built a 15' X 15' reloading room in the corner.
But for casting, I set up on a low metal table out in the broad expanse of the shop, hoping any bad fumes will dissipate. I lucked out when I bought that table. It is the perfect height. I'd post a picture but my clutter is embarrassing 😳
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I have been casting bullets for the last 65 years or so. Daddy started me young, casting round balls. Even during the years we lived in Africa I cast lead. I had a .375" round ball mold and I cast balls for the slingshots. The kids there thought they were weapons of mass destruction. I taught one of the Missionary kids to cast round balls for her Wrist Rocket. She got quite deadly with it.

My casting pot is part of my reloading area and gets used regularly.
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I cast for my .50 cal.B.P. RIFLES, .357 and 45 revolvers.......I have been casting for over 40 years.......I also shoot cast lead in a .30-06 and a 6.5x58mm Portugeuse mauser (Model1904).
without being able to cast, the cost of factory rounds or even cheap cup and core projectiles from local CABELAS would just put this old guy out of the sport. as I don't have a casting shed,its cast on sunny days on VANCOUVER Island.
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I have a "casting basement". A very powerful fan with a crossdraw vent leaves zero smoke and fumes. In addition to the RCBS furnace and a couple of old 20 lb Lyman's I keep a propane stove that holds a 30 pound pot.....I never run out of hot lead and cast with 2 moulds at the same time---6

Linotype and tin.....the rest of my stash of lead is elsewhere.

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I used to cast for a plethora of calibers pretty much all from 22-45 for rifles and 32-50 for handguns . Then it got trimmed down to mostly 44and 45 rifle 38,10mm and 45 pistol as well as shotgun stuff . Here for the past year only thing I’ve cast have been .775” roundballs and 000000 buck both for my 8 gauge cannons . I think I have 4-5 thousand bullets cast sized and lubed in plastic jars all for 44 or 444 . They may hit the market at some point as I’m about over the 44/444 affliction . May try and get all that stuff sold off except for the molds used for the shotguns be it slugs , punkin balls or buckshot .
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I cast in my wood shop, although I don't shoot a lot of cast I do have mounds for 25/20, 38,45, 44 and 375-oh almost forgot 41. Just recently read an article on the 22 hornet& making mouse phart quiet loads, now I would like a 40-45 gr .22 mould just to play!
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I cast the vast majority of what I shoot, all handgun bullets and 95% of rifle bullets. Only my 22 Imp, Swedish Mauser, and 270 get jacketed. I have a bunch of surplus '06 for the Garand but have only shot cast in it for several years. We have an attached single car garage where I do my casting. That way it doesn't take up space in my detached shop. Most of the lead stash is up there too aside from 5 gallon buckets of loose linotype that are in the basement. I have 2 20lb electric dip pots, one is always wheelwieghts and the other is for other alloys. A 10lb electric dip pot is for pure lead only.
I would say 80-90 molds live here and I've culled out those that were problematic in some way.
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.51 (50-70)
And a bunch of round ball diameters for muzzleloaders or cat sneeze loads.

I like reloading and casting as much as shooting at this point. Sometimes it almost feels like I need to go empty brass so I can have something to load.


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I started casting years ago, when the availability of .510 bullets made it a must. Now I realize how much I save, even though I cast almost all gas checked bullets. If I cast 500 bullets, I can save $200. It’s fun and satisfying. So I’m actually making money by casting. Now I have many molds, so I’ll always have a steady supply of bullets.
I built a 24x12 room in the back of my shop, as a fully insulated, heated, cooled reloading room. When I cast, I set up a table under the outdoor lean to attached to the shop, with a box fan on low, on the table to exhaust any fumes out and away. By having the fan pull air away, not blowing across the hotpot, it doesn’t cool it off. I’ve cast in the rain, snow, or bright sun, all under a large covered area.
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I started casting buckshot about 12 years ago. I use a Lee 20lb furnace and set up under an open pole barn. As of today, I cast the following:

#4 Buck
0 Buck
00 Buck
12 ga Slug
9mm
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10mm
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.45
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I started powder coating my cast bullets a couple of years ago. Powder coating is easy and a lot of fun.
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Guys, how much if any does the powder coat add to the diameter of a bullet before resizing? Ive been wondering about this info.
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I also don't have a specific casting shed. Instead I cast out in one of my shop buildings using a small fan I set up in a window above the bench to suck the fumes outside. I never have cast in a closed building, and wouldn't do so. It's easy to build a frame to hold an old circulating fan that can be set inside a window frame to blow the exhaust outside.
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octagon, the powder coating will add roughly .001" to .003". I run all my cast bullets through a sizer die after powder coating.

If you haven't been there already, check out the Coatings & Alternatives forum at Cast Boolits. Tons of info there.

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Started casting around 17 years old and really got going about 21. Mainly 429421"s as me and two other friends had Super Blackhawks to feed. Joined the Cast Boolits site and things took off from there. Add in the stuff I learned from Accurateshooters forum on competition shooting/reloading and get some pretty good groups with cast boolits.
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I only used to cast round ball for my muzzle loaders, usually over a campfire whilst pretending it was 1850. My first attempt at casting was as a very young kid with a 9mm Flobert garden gun, fed up with puny shot shells I cast some bullets and nearly shot the post that held my mom's washing line in two... :shock:
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Hello......?
The door was open, so I came in. I saw the "casting shed" and thought you were hiring actors. :D
My mistake.

We have casted for probably 25 years, but not to the level of many of you.
There isn't room in my gun room, so we do all the casting at my dad's. We keep our lead out behind the garage. We do our melting, cleaning, and mixing in the garage.
We cast down in my dad's gun room as it's bigger than mine.
We used to do quite a bit. All our handguns, and many rifle calibers, the most modern being 30-30. We haven't done as much in recent years. I have switched to a lot of plated bullets for handgun. Mostly to save my lead supply. I'd like to start doing some more though.
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Home made hood. A little more than 600 cfm on high. Only use high when fluxing or roasting coffee.
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Rock steady thanks for that info, I appreciate it.
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I started casting over 50 years ago. Had a Remington-Rand .45 to feed with my Lee Wacker. I cast for most everything I shoot in rifles and all my handguns. With over a hundred moulds I can feed most anything comes along. I love it. Really appreciate the independence it gives me. Especially under today's shortages. I cast in my basement shop these days. I haven't smelted any lead in year but I'll do that outside only.

I tried the powder coating. With my moulds it was adding 2 to 3 thousandths a side making the bullets too large to use without resizing. For me the whole point of painting 'em was to not size. So I don't anymore and just went back to normal sizing.

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The first "bullet mold" I ever used was made from two pieces of Brazilian hardwood clamped together in my uncle's bench vice. We (my cousin and I) drilled dead center between the two halves with a 1/2" spade bit then enlarged the point out to form a nice cone at the tip. We melted down old car batteries (this was back before they started putting all the nasty stuff in them) for lead and poured a couple of slugs. The lead scorched the wood but worked OK. We loaded those in a home made canon built from a piece of 1/2" galvanized iron pipe strapped to a 2X2 of Brazilian hardwood. That "rifling" straight down the side of the barrel did nothing to stabilize the projectile, nor did it yield to the pressure of the FFFg powder we'd managed to obtain for propellant. We even tried making up an explosive charge by drilling one of the slugs out, cutting it around like a pineapply grenade with a hacksaw, filling the hollow with firecracker powder with a cut off nail seated in the hollow and a Berdan primer carefully crimped into the nose to set it off. Remember that "rifling"? Yeah, it didn't keep the slug the nose on so no resulting explosive reward. We had a blast as kids, but all survived with eyes intact, fingers attached and mostly unharmed. Pay no attention to that ringing sound. Rumor has it our guardian angels worked overtime and retired early.

Since then I've learned a lot more about the craft and have had much better results with proper equipment and the mentoring of some pretty smart folk who actually know what they're doing. One thing I really miss here in Coffee Country is the whole casting/reloading part of the sport. Need to give JimT's idea of rubber power another look.
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Started casting at 15 for a T/C Hawken in .45 caliber in my parents garage. Since then I've moved on to many other calibers in round ball and several modern calibers. When my wife and I moved to Kentucky I built a shop with a covered porch and do all my casting on it now. .45 do you still need a .490 mold? I may have an extra, I know I have a .495 that you could have.
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I also powder coat most of my cast bullets. I use an RCBS pro and an old Lee 20 pound for pure lead. I have 28 molds at the moment with several of them being convertible soo I can get several different bullets depending on which pin I use, from the same mold. What do you guys use for sizing? I have a collection of sizing bushings made by NOE that work well for me, but again I am mostly sizing powder coated bullets.
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I am wanting to start casting. I think that starting with powder coated bullets for my model 94 in 32 WS and my Marlin .30-30 would be good. I might be sending some PMs for advice once I get going.
It just seems to me that those two calibers would be good to start with. I have an airsoft gun. The pellets from that seem to build up a little static charge when shaken. In a plastic container they might be right for causing the powder to stick to the lead.
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i have some molds that are 'essentials', but have not cast lead yet. glad to see the info from you experienced guys. i'll tag along after y'all, someday.
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Piller good eye. Many use air soft bb’s in the powder to statically cling the powder to the bullets. Smoke over on castboolits offers them in addition to powder. The key to the plastic mixing container is to ensure it has a 5 cast inside the little recycling logo in the plastic.
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Jeff Cooper said, "double action semi automatics are a solution to a non existent problem."

I feel the same way with powder coating...it makes up for sloppy casting/knowledge.---------006
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Hey Jack, you are entitled to your opinion...EVEN IF YOU’RE WRONG. Just hackin on ya. It isn’t for everyone and I shoot some calibers without powder coating. It has the advantage of not needing to lube the bullets and if the mold is a little small I can make up a couple thousands for good rifling engagement. My take on casting is more like a “what works for YOU” attitude. I am helping a guy locally that has a little experience casting. I will say “I do it this way.” He will have to have “his way” soon. I emphasize rthymn and timing then he takes a phone call and everything cools off. He will learn. We all try new things and have our system which is still evolving. He asked me yesterday about a mold with tons of smoke on it, whats up with that? I replied... I had to learn too!
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Never mind hackin on ol Sixgun- wheres my roundballs?! :lol:
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I assume they are swamped in your long Johns. :D
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Ok, who has a .411/.412 sizer they don't use? I traded our Catshooter for a .41 mould. It throws big bullets, work ok in my Blackhawk but very hard to chamber in my Henry.
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Gotta look.
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Man I looked - no dice on the .41 sizer. Sorry. What size bullet does the mould throw?


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I'd have to measure them again, but I think they were .413-.414. Just fine in a cylinder. Of course .411-.412 is NOT a normal drill size so I can make myself a 'sizer' . I contacted the die maker- no oversize parts.
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What sizer do you use? I do not have a 41 caliber, sorry.
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Sixgun wrote:
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Jeff Cooper said, "double action semi automatics are a solution to a non existent problem."

I feel the same way with powder coating...it makes up for sloppy casting/knowledge.---------006
I realize many folks like powder coated cast same as many folks like poly coated jacketed bullets . And lots of folks saw a fall off in accuracy from poly coated coated after several hundred shots even if they scrubbed the bejesus out of the barrel . I kinda work on the premis if I don’t put it in the barrel I don’t need to worry about removing it later .
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Tom i believes i have a Lyman... its orange :lol:
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Yup Lyman 450
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Try over on castboolits swapping and selling.
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Amazon has lee sizer, as sold by Midway.
If I could find a used one I'd be happy.
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K.I.S.S......"Keep it simple stupid" .....we old heads didn't get old by being stupid. See what 6 point says?

Lead and lube, sized and alloyed properly will shoot as good as any bullet ever made....it's just a bit difficult getting them much past 2,000, but even then you can...if you know what your doing.....

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Say Bro! Doesn't you know man that curb feelers is cool! :lol:
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Had a neighbor years ago, never knew his first name but he was known as Ducky. Every time he got a new ride it would get curb feelers, lowered, new wheels and then he would drill holes in the body and mount plastic ducks to the fenders, hood & roof. Yes he was a strange duck!
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Sounds a little strange. Strange does not mean felonious, just not like everyone else.
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I was in my loading room getting some stuff for a sporting clays deal on Saturday and took a picture of one of my cabinets with jars of home cast 44 cal bullets . The containers are two deep :shock:
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6pt-sika wrote:
Fri Apr 02, 2021 11:06 pm
I was in my loading room getting some stuff for a sporting clays deal on Saturday and took a picture of one of my cabinets with jars of home cast 44 cal bullets . The containers are two deep :shock: 473004D1-CCB6-4574-840A-93876D30FC2C.jpeg
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Six, these were full power 375 H&H loads.
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Those are some very good groups.
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