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#206091 - 03/20/20 09:47 AM question for bullet casters
dave thomas
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im looking to buy or cast an expanding lead bullet for 357 and 44 spl/mag for general carry and up to deer. I have been casting WW and then powder coating and it gives a great bullet to plink with, however i was looking for performance closer to what kral got from sixshot's bullets. either cast my own or buy from Sixshot if possible. Thoughts?

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#206092 - 03/20/20 11:02 AM Re: question for bullet casters [Re: dave thomas]
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I used to cast alot but now not so much but with current conditions I may have to break the pot out. I always did well with water dropped wheelweights and gas checks. Leading was not bad in rifles so they were generally pretty fast for cast bullets. I have a hollow point mould that I have used very little but I would think they would perform pretty well. I have not water tested any so the nose petals may just break off or shatter since pretty hard if water dropped. I need to find time to do some testing for my own curiosity now.


Edited by short30 (03/20/20 01:19 PM)
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#206100 - 03/20/20 08:15 PM Re: question for bullet casters [Re: short30]
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thanks for the info

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#206101 - 03/20/20 10:58 PM Re: question for bullet casters [Re: dave thomas]
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If you want good cast bullet performance on deer size game you want to cast towards the soft side & don't even consider water quenching, it's seldom needed anyway. Now that powder coating has passed the smell test & almost everyone has accepted it you will find that you can cast your bullets a bit on the soft side, even without a gas check by powder coating & get outstanding results.

I'm talking about using HP's here. If you want more penetration on bigger game like elk, bear, etc then you can use solids & bump up the BHN just a bit, again with powder coating & be very happy with results.

A well known gun writer friend recently run some of my gas checked HP 41 bullets over 1700 fps from a rifle with groups under 3/4" with 4 different powders. These bullets were soft but powder coated.

Dick

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#206107 - 03/21/20 10:09 AM Re: question for bullet casters [Re: sixshot]
dave thomas
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Dick,
could you pm me with options and prices on your HP bullets that you think would fit my needs, I would like to give them a try.

Thank you Sir!

Dave

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#206145 - 03/22/20 07:18 PM Re: question for bullet casters [Re: dave thomas]
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Best of luck finding alloy to pursue this, it's getting scarce at least in my area.
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#206150 - 03/22/20 10:35 PM Re: question for bullet casters [Re: S.B.]
dave thomas
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i have hundreds of pounds of ww and plumbers lead. i should be able to get what i need with alittle trial and error, however it is always easier to just buy some to start with until you can figure it out.
dave

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#206156 - 03/23/20 10:33 AM Re: question for bullet casters [Re: dave thomas]
short30
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I agree water dropped would be too hard and act as a solid but the nose can be annealed and if a hollow point I think it would peel back or even shed petals while the base drove on thru;Even without annealing the nose but again I would want to test it. I really want two holes so water dropped always worked well for me but usually required some tracking. A shoulder shot was always preferred to break them down vs the double lung. I have not dabbled with powder coating but it seems like a gas check for the whole bullet so a softer bullet could be driven faster with no or reduced leading. Please post your results, thanks
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#206161 - 03/23/20 03:57 PM Re: question for bullet casters [Re: short30]
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I would suggest these folks for cast bullets, got some really nice hp's.
http://www.gtbullets.com/
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#206207 - 03/26/20 11:01 AM Re: question for bullet casters [Re: longhunter]
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On a bear and an antelope, straight wheel weights worked fine for me.....complete penetration! That?s very limited experience, but those were my results. memtb
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