Poll - Do you cast your own bullets?

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Do you cast your own bullets?

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Poll - Do you cast your own bullets?

Post by beeser on Mon Oct 20, 2014 7:34 pm

The last poll on favorite powders was very informative, at least for me.  I'm also curious now about the number of members that cast their own bullets.


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Re: Poll - Do you cast your own bullets?

Post by dronning on Mon Oct 20, 2014 7:41 pm

beeser when you start a new topic you have the option to add a poll yourself, it's down on the bottom of the post a new topic screen.

Also if you edit your original post the poll option will appear too.

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Re: Poll - Do you cast your own bullets?

Post by Rob Kovach on Mon Oct 20, 2014 10:03 pm

Yeah...hit edit and scroll down.

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Re: Poll - Do you cast your own bullets?

Post by John on Mon Oct 20, 2014 11:39 pm

Reasons for casting ---1---low cost-bullets cost me less than $ .01 each

                                 2---electric melting pot bought when I started shooting BE--still works fine

                                  3--H & G 4 cavity molds (# 68 & # 130)--bought same time--still cast like new

I realize that not everyone "has the time" to cast/lube bullets--(beats watching the TV)-- my 2 cents, John

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Re: Poll - Do you cast your own bullets?

Post by kwixdraw on Tue Oct 21, 2014 1:46 am

John wrote:Reasons for casting ---1---low cost-bullets cost me less than $ .01 each

                                 2---electric melting pot bought when I started shooting BE--still works fine

                                  3--H & G 4 cavity molds (# 68 & # 130)--bought same time--still cast like new

I realize that not everyone "has the time" to cast/lube bullets--(beats watching the TV)-- my 2 cents, John
#4; Too OCD to not continually tinker with different sizing dies, lubes and bullet designs.

#5; Extra satisfaction from tailoring the bullet and load for best performance.

#6; Gives me the ability to continually duplicate a load that is working well

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Re: Poll - Do you cast your own bullets?

Post by Virgil Kane on Tue Oct 21, 2014 8:03 am

For BE I use other bullets like Magnus, swaged and cast and on occasion use a Lyman 452460 200 grain swc that I cast myself. For the amount of bullets I go through I would be casting almost every week and that's not feasible for me

But I do cast all my own bulllets that I use for handgun and rifle hunting. Cast either 30- or 40-1. Can't find a commercial caster that gives me the softness or the style of bullet I use for this purpose. No


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Re: Poll - Do you cast your own bullets?

Post by jmdavis on Tue Oct 21, 2014 8:14 pm

I do not cast for bullseye, but do cast for muzzleloading (roundball and bullet), Black Powder Cartridge Rifle (.45 540), .45 colt hunting loads and have cast for cowboy action.


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Re: Poll - Do you cast your own bullets?

Post by KenO on Tue Oct 21, 2014 8:19 pm

I have been casting for over 40 years, its something I enjoy doing. I use mostly wheelweights that I get for almost nothing from local tire stores. I don't enjoy the lubesizing with my old Lyman,  I lust for a Star.

When things get up to temp, I can cast several hundred an hour with a six banger.

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Post by 243winxb on Wed Oct 22, 2014 2:14 pm

I cast. Have used some Speer swaged for 50 yds Bullseye years ago.  

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Re: Poll - Do you cast your own bullets?

Post by Axehandle on Wed Oct 22, 2014 3:51 pm

Need a 4th option.  I cast bullets but not for my bullseye guns. My bullseye guns like Magnus bullets.   I cast and size for my  32 cal to 51 cal revolvers   I use a Magma Engineering Master Caster and the Magma Star size/lube tool.  Have a Lyman bottom pour pot and few sets of other molds and handles too.   Mostly LBT molds.  Like LBT blue lube.  Star sits on a heater plate.  I plug it in just long enough to warm the star body.   Own one or two GC molds but generally don't make many GC bullets. I believe in hoarding linotype and mixing it with the appropriate amount of pure lead to get the hardness I need.  Use the LBT hardness tester.   FWIW if Magnus stopped casting bullseye bullets I'd pick up molds from Magma and get busy..

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Re: Poll - Do you cast your own bullets?

Post by kwixdraw on Wed Oct 22, 2014 3:56 pm

Magma also converts their molds for hand use and they work very well, though they are two cavity max.

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Re: Poll - Do you cast your own bullets?

Post by noylj on Fri Oct 24, 2014 11:05 am

I used to cast all my own bullets for matches and such, but I no longer have the lead, time, or desire.

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