Bullet Casting

     Bullet casting is where real money can be saved.  By making your own bullets you reduce the cost of a box of ammo to pennies.  Bullet casting is relatively easy but be careful not to burn yourself.  Wear gloves, heavy apron and eye protection at all times.  Plenty of ventilation is very important as lead is a hazardous material and heating it has a tendency to create smoke and fumes.  

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     The first piece of equipment you need is a lead pot.  My first lead  pot was actually a cast iron pot that I heated on the kitchen stove.  Not very convenient but it works.  I now use a Lyman Mag 20 bottom pour electric model.  A lead ladle is also very handy and required if you don't own a bottom pour pot.  I generally use a mixture of mostly wheel weights with a little pure lead or linotye added according to the alloy I need for the task at hand.  Generally the harder your alloy is the better your bullets will shoot in center fire handguns and rifles.  If you are casting for black powder guns you need to use a very soft alloy to allow the bullet to conform to the inner dimensions of your particular firearm.  

    The next piece of required equipment is a bullet mold.  The high number of different styles of bullets is staggering.  No matter what your intended goals are there is a bullet mold out there to suit your needs.  The majority of my moulds are Lyman two cavity molds but I do have a few single and four cavity molds.  The more bullets a mold makes per pour the faster you will get done.  

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