RLP 087 - Sorting Bullets

Hello, and welcome to the Reloading Podcast here on the Firearms Radio network.   Tonight the guys are explaining bullet sorting, and answering questions.  

  1. Bullet length and weight used to sort.
  2. Shoutout! Joseph GiuntaGents -- Spread the word on your podcast at the monthly meeting of my rifle club this evening. Lots of the guys reload and hopefully got you some more listeners tonight
  3. Brian NelsonCan you reload a 5.56 casing with a 223 recipe
  4. Demitrios PitasSo I have a mosin nag at that I prefer to shoot surplus. The first ten rounds are like 3+ moa but after the barrel heats up she gets to be a tack driver1.5 moa is I was gonna hand load for a deer load. My question is how do I go and sight in if the barrel diameter changes with heat how do you load a consistent load if the barrel changes that much?

 

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RLP 061 - Starting over kinda - Bullets

Tonight the guys are starting over, kinda talking about bullets n boolits  

  1. Videos
    1. Bullet making How Stuff Works this is also on Sierra’s website
    2. Nat Geo Naked Science - Bullets keep in mind its National Geographic, so its got some term errors…
    3. slow motion bullet impact very cool
  2. Questions are from the Reloading Podcast facebook page

 

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RLP 043 - Casting Bullets pt II

Tonight the guys continue our 3 part series on casting bullets

  1. Get your ingots ready, as discussed in the previous podcast.
  2. Equipment needed
    1. Lyman Cast Bullet Handbook, (newest edition is Volume IV.)
    2. Lead pot, preferably a bottom pouring pot
    3. Safety equipment, (PPE) same as in last podcast.
    4. Flux, sawdust, crayons, candlewax, borax, automotive grease, etc.
    5. Stirring wand/spoon (a long handled iced teaspoon is excellent)
    6. Screwdriver for turning the needle valve.
  1.  Mould Equipment needed:
  1. What are you going to cast for handguns or rifle bullets?
  2. Mould handles, some are not changeable, some can be changed for two cavity four cavities or even six cavities.
  3. Rifle moulds are usually one or two cavities. Handgun moulds can be as much as 10 cavities
  4. Where to get moulds: Lee Precision, NOE Moulds, RCBS makes moulds to this day, MidwayUSA, MP Mould- Slovenia, various suppliers, Accurate Moulds out of the state of Utah, Ballista-Cast.
  5. A "knocker" stick, or a rubber/plastic mallet.
  6. Heavy denim or canvas "catch pad" or 5 gallon bucket with water.
  7. Jim prefers Liquid Alox style lubricants, other folks prefer to use a Lubri-sizer with hard/firm lubricant.
  8. Rifle bullets require gas checks because of higher velocities. If this is the case, a sizing die of some kind is needed to squeeze the gas check on.
  9. Different methods of sizing.
  10. Push through dies, this is where you would apply gas checks.
  11. Lyman lubricator size 450
  12. DONE!

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RLP 008-Bullets

Hi welcome to the Reloading Podcast, I’m your host Mike and today we are talking about bullets. Today I’m going to explain what all those letters mean that are attached to each bullet weight, and also how to figure out what bullet you may have just laying around.  All the bullets used in todays episode were provided by Sierra, the Bulletsmiths.

Bullets predate firearms by quite a few centuries, as that was the ammunition used in slings.  most were cast from lead also, and had some different shapes depending on who cast them.  Most were oblong in general shape though.  With the advent of firearms, bullets became round to be cast easier and to be forced down the barrel.

Real bullet innovation didn't start until the 1820’s with Captain John Norton of the British army and his conical shape with a hollow base so it would expand out to the rifling upon firing.  His bullet was rejected however, mainly due to the thought that spherical bullet was still good enough.

There were a couple more innovators, but no one had real success until Frenchman Claude- Etienne Minie created his spherical bullet with an iron plug to fill up the cavity in the base to create expansion sealing the bullet to the rifling in 1847.  This was adopted by the British in 1855, and saw its first widespread use during the American Civil War.

Starting in 1852 there were experiments by various people in smaller diameter longer bullets and it was found they would increase accuracy once matched with hardened bullets, but was not with any real success until 1888 with the Lee-Metford rifle.

The next major improvement in bullet design came in 1882, when Major Eduard Rubin invented the copper Jacketed bullet.

Sierra started making bullets in 1947 in California as the post war shooting boom continued to grow and people really started to get into reloading.  They remained in California until 1990 when they moved to their current home in Missouri.

Now that we have covered some history, lets talk about modern bullets, and what those letters mean on the description.

Bullet Anatomy…

What does twist rate mean, and why is it important?

I have a bullet I found laying around, how can I tell what its for?

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First 10 emails I get to reloading@firearmsradio.tv will get some Sierra swag.  I will contact you for your snail mail address if you are one of the 10.

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