RLP 071 - Jessica from Acme Bullet Co

Tonight the Mike is airing an interview he had with Jessica Jacklin President/Co-Owner of Acme Bullet Company in Germantown, WIAcme bullets

 

 

 

Acme wanted

 

 

 

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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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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 020-Casting Bullets

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Tonight Jason gave Jim the boot for the week and we are, actually Jason and Shane are, talking about bullet casting.

What type of equipment do I need?

casting supplies

What does Jason use?

Pro-Melt Casting furnace

Lyman 4500

NOE bullet molds

X-Lox 2500

where can i get lead?

Local Tire shops

Ebay

local indoor ranges

local outdoor ranges

Old Printing presss

what is the bhn (Brinell Hardness Number)

Use antimony or tin to increase BHN of lead.

Inexpensive to start out, you need molds, but can melt lead another way.

Use a dutch oven on a coleman stove

Lee Dipper

Water and Lead do not mix, the explosion is worse than grease and water.

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