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  1. razorfish

    'Rolling Your Own'...bullets

    Lol. I noticed that when I started explaining my recipes. My ideal alloy for pistol is wheel weights but lately when I have wheel weight alloy I cut it by at least 50% using my range scrap. These days I just throw a pinch of tin and a couple small chunks of Super Hard or Lino into a pot of range scrap ingots and start casting. I used to measure everything but now I just “wing it”. I still get great results. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. razorfish

    'Rolling Your Own'...bullets

    Sort of... I can pretty much tell what I have. Using range scrap, I typically need to harden my alloy up a bit. I’ll add a bit of Linotype or Super Hard to my range scrap but I’m not too scientific about it. The tin doesn’t add much hardness but it helps the lead to fill out the mold a bit. I mostly use my fingernail to test the alloy but occasionally I’ll pull out the pencils to test my ingots. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. razorfish

    'Rolling Your Own'...bullets

    Lately I have an indoor range that throws me bucket or two for keeping an eye on their computers. I’ve also had success just picking up spent bullets off the ground around the berms at my local range. Amazingly easy to pick up a bucket full without digging. Start spreading the word and people will bring you scrap too. In past couple months I’ve been given a few old lead roof flashings from a friend putting on a new roof, a small bucket of wheel weights and a 26 pound ingot of pure lead that was being used as a door stop. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. razorfish

    'Rolling Your Own'...bullets

    92-6-2 alloy aka “hard cast bullet” alloy is what most coated bullet makers use to produce their bullets. I’ve found that you can get away with about half the antimony and tin and still make great bullets. If you read their website, Missouri Bullet Company makes a great case for the idea that 96-6-2 alloy is too hard for pistol rounds. They call it “Hardness Optimized Bullets”; I call it saving money as I get my range scrap lead for free. My barrels remain shiny as new with zero leading. https://missouribullet.com/technical.php Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. razorfish

    'Rolling Your Own'...bullets

    No, pure lead is too soft. I use range scrap with a bit of tin added to fill out the mold and a small amount of Linotype or Rotometals Superhard to get the BHN up to about 20. When I’ve got it, I’ll also use wheel weight lead with a bit of tin added. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. razorfish

    'Rolling Your Own'...bullets

    I might get around to it one day but I’ve got a brass processing press I’d rather motorize first. Believe it or not, I can now pull the handle on my sizer as fast as I can (doesn’t take much effort). I was hoping for one pull a second but I easily size 80 to 100 bullets a minute. It’s barely even a chore at this point. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. razorfish

    'Rolling Your Own'...bullets

    I also went to the powdered Hi-Tek coating when it came out. I now coat in 15 pound batches because 15 pounds of bullets takes 1 tablespoon of coating. (1ml per pound of bullets and there’s 15ml in one tablespoon). Basically, I got tired of measuring and 15 pounds is about all I want to swirl around a five gallon bucket for twenty seconds. Also, I have three drying racks so three batches of 15 lbs is easy for me. Here’s a video of the making of my 3d printed bullet collator... Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. razorfish

    'Rolling Your Own'...bullets

    Hmm... It takes me about three or four hours to cast 45 pounds of bullets using a six hole mold (about 2,500 130 grain 9mm bullets). Coating these bullets takes another hour and half but most of that time is just waiting for something to dry/cool down/heat up. Applying the coating to the bullets takes less than 30 seconds and I use two coats. The part of the process I hated was sizing the bullets. (Each coated bullet must be sized after casting and coating) I started with a Lee push thru die and eventually came upon an old Star Lubri-sizer some years ago that made things somewhat easier. I’ve now added a 3d printed bullet nose down collator so sizing three hundred bullets takes me less than five minutes. Again, I do things in large batches so I might cast bullets over several evenings before coating. As long as I stay a few thousand bullets ahead of the game I can always find time to cast an hour or two here and there. Note that like any other “hobby” there’s a good bit to learn but eventually it will be second nature to you. Enjoy the process... I actually enjoy the casting process... melted lead still amazes me. Fresh batch of 9mm...
  9. razorfish

    'Rolling Your Own'...bullets

    There are two main types of bullet coatings. One is Powder Coating (the one where the powdered paint sticks to the bullet) and the other is Hi-Tek coated bullets (a wet coating method). If you want lots of pretty colors and want to make small batches of bullets, powder coating is the way to go. Personally I use Hi-Tek coating. Send Bayou Bullets a twenty dollar bill for the coating material and add a little acetone and you’re on your way. I cast in bulk (no less than 45 lbs of bullets each batch) and Hi-Tek is great for batch coating bullets. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. razorfish

    'Rolling Your Own'...bullets

    I started casting my own bullets a few years ago, the Cast Boolits forum was invaluable for getting started. When my bullet supply started getting low and I needed another case of bullets I decided to start casting. I started with 9mm and challenged myself to buy all the casting equipment , sizing die, coating materials and even the lead for the same price as a single case of bullets. That’s exactly what I did. Over the years, I’ve upgraded my casting setup to make things faster but it’s definitely not a hobby you want to jump into if you can’t give up some time, but the money you’ll save is crazy. It’s a game changer when you realize you’re hand loading 9mm ammo for less than a nickel a round. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. razorfish

    3D printed bullet collator

    I got inspired by Jmorris and the others on the Cast Boolits forum and printed myself a dedicated nose down collator. Works great. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. One of the keys to hand loading good ammo is consistency. When using the MBF powder funnel, the MBF die drops bullets perfectly straight and at the same depth time after time. Yes, there are many other areas of loading that yield to consistency (including your stroke on the handle) but the more processes you can make constant, the better. Your results show up in the Standard Deviation of your hand loads. I can’t recreate the consistency of the MBR bullet dropper with my fingers. So, however you get the bullets to the bullet dropper is less important to me than the idea that the dropper drops each bullet the same way every time. (Note that I consider the MBF powder funnel is an important part of the equation as it creates a pocket for the bullet as well as adding flare) Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. razorfish

    NAS cases for 9 major

    They can be picked up with a Magnet! That could make things easier after a stage. I think they might have better success with the 38 SuperComp crowd.
  14. razorfish

    Why coated bullets

    You use 10-15% less powder to push a Hi-Tek bullet at the same velocity as an FMJ bullet. Not only do you save on powder but you should also see less barrel wear due to lower temperatures and less heat. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. razorfish

    Best CO Optic

    As I assumed... it looks like there isn’t any single optic dominating yet. I guess I need to start somewhere so I’m thinking I’ll start with the DeltaPoint Pro 2.5. Thanks for the opinions. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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