Reloading Podcast 091 - Casting Series Part 2: Safety

Hello, and welcome to the Reloading Podcast here on the Firearms Radio network.   Tonight the guys are talking about the safety equipment needed for casting.

  1. Todd Senne: I'm sure you've talked about this before, but I couldn't find an episode in the archives. I have some small primer 45 ACP brass I want to reload for plinking. Can I just use the regular recipe and use the small primer instead of a large? I haven't found any small primer recipes in any of the reloading manuals I have (Lyman, Speer and Lee). Might be a good show topic.  Thanks
  2. Safety Equipment:
    1. Safety glasses or preferably a full face shield
    2. hat (to cover neck)
    3. PANTS (no shorts)
    4. long sleeve Shirt or t-shirt with welding sleeves
    5. gloves (welders gloves or better)
    6. LOCATION is huge.  Do this in a well ventilated area preferably outdoors, or at least in a garage/shed area with great ventilation.  
    7. Exhaust fans of some sort
    8. dust mask/respirator
    9. LeadOff hand soap

 

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RLP 090 - Casting Series Part 1: Where to Start

Hello, and welcome to the Reloading Podcast here on the Firearms Radio network.   Tonight the guys are starting over with talking about casting boolits.

  1. Todd Senne:It would be great if you guys could talk about the proper techniques for using measuring tools. Do you just go until it touches or do you need to push until it clamps in solid. I'm having a hard time getting consistent readings. Thoughts?
  2. aquiring lead.
    1. New
      1. Rotometals (can supply antimony and tin)
      2. Rotometals Alloy page with Brinell info
    2. recycled,
      1. Wheel weights (getting harder to find as places are switching to other metals)
      2. other casters (Facebook Group Cast Bullets & Bullet Casting, eBay)
      3. recycling centers (scrap yards)
      4. old Linotype
      5. Hospitals (medical shipping containers)
  3. Tools
    1. Heat source
    2. rendering pot (must be substantial you’re going to be putting a lot of heavy metal in the thing!)
    3. slotted spoon chefs grade
    4. safety equipment (Personal Protective Equipment aka PPE)
    5. ingot pans
    6. locking pliers and adjusting pliers
    7. ladle 1cup ladle is about 2 lb. of lead
    8. ball peen hammer
    9. Well ventilated area, preferably outside
  4. storage
    1. Kitty litter buckets
    2. five gallon buckets
    3. milk crates
    4. if at all possible keep the lead alloy bone dry.

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RLP 053 - Hardness of Lead Alloys

Tonight the guys are discussing bullet alloy hardness.

  • Lyman #2 alloy is 90% lead, 5% tin, and 5% antimony, the easiest and simplest way to make it, is to use 9 pounds of pure lead, and a 1 pound bar of 50/50 solder which contains a significant amount of antimony.
  • Linotype is composed of lead with 4% tin and 12% antimony. It’s considered by most to be too hard and too expensive to use for bullets undiluted.
  • Stereotype alloy 7% tin 15% antimony 78% lead, more durable intended for long print runs and curved printing plates.
  • Monotype is 10% tin 16% antimony 74% lead.  Hardest of the 3 and of course the most expensive.
  • The principal concept is to understand that what’s important here is bullet fit, and bullet hardness can be, and should be matched to the pressures that will be built up in the chamber of your gun when fired.
  • Links to a couple of YouTube videos on Hardness testing:
  • Video #1
  • video #2 video #3

 

  • Question: Shot 5 shot groups at 200 yds mixed with ladder test. The most accurate group was outside a vertical node. It was most accurate but not in cluster of other loads. Do you go w midpoint of vert node or best group. 308 168 amax re15 at 200 yds test. Best group 44 gr but best node was 42.5-43.5. 44 grain was .4 Moa which was 1/2 size of other groups.  #2. Second ladder with varget showed tightest group dead center of node. If this is the case do you still trickle all your loads since wiggle room looks decent .2 gr up and downPlease remember to use the affiliate links for Amazon, Brownells, and Sinclair.  it really does help the show and the network.

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RLP 044 - Reloading Cast Boolits

Tonight the guys answer a question from last week and then finish up the 3rd part of casting bullets  

We have a suggestion from Tim: Comment: HI guys,  enjoyed your casting podcasts. i was surprised that you didn’t mention zinc wheel weights. These are fairly common and will melt with lead. Zinc will ruin your alloy for suitability for casting Boolits. Please mention this on air or newbies will have a bad experience. Zinc is easily identified by sound or zn stampings.

Thanks Tim W

First off, what is a Cast Boolit?

It's really rather simple: cast bullets are merely something that you can buy and reload. Same thing applies to jacketed bullets, you buy them, reload them, and done. However, Cast Boolits are a product of care, time, love, sweat, tears, and sometimes even a drop of blood is possible. "The Grand Galena, the ore that's used to create the final product we use, refined and extracted by the heat of the Silver Stream. That's where Cast Boolits come from.

Anyway, reloading cast boolits is a bit different than jacketed bullets. #1 Cast Boolits are more fragile than jacketed are. By that I'm saying care has to taken to not shave lead from the heels and sides of the bullets. #2 proper fit in the gun's bore is critical to being able to get proper performance out of them.

use Lyman #2  alloy for proper hardness to minimize leadding of the barrel

Bullet obturation

PB Blocker

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