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A beautiful day to cast some bullets.

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by GioaJack, Jan 24, 2010.


  1. GioaJack

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    Right now it's 28 degrees, to cold to play outside unless you're a penguin... or a young'un who has yet to experience the pleasures of an aging body rebelling against physical indiscretions of times past.

    With a fire blazing in the wood stove, a steaming cup of 'holiday peppermint' mint coffee and Dawg playing with one of her dozens of chew toys it would be the perfect time for some 'indoor activities'. Alas, a slump in the female companionship arena of life, a slump which seems to becoming a norm rather than an aberration, :)crying: I really need a woman), leaves but one option. Cast up a bushel of bullets!

    Over the last day or so I've created three thousand cute little 121 grain RN for a .38 training load I'm developing for the grandson. Today it's time for some big boy bullets. A thousand or so each of 200 grain SWC and 225 grain RN. (The G30 prefers a diet of RN, has something to do high cholesterol or triglycerides or some such medical malady... I'm not really sure.)

    As we speak, well, not really 'we', and not really 'speak'... more accurately, as I type, the furnace is plugged in and warming up, transforming well traveled wheel weights into 20 pounds of glistening molten lead. (For the less informed Newbs in the group it is often referred to as the 'Nectar of the Gods', well, after Dewars scotch of course.)

    The NFL pre-game starts in twenty minutes and immediately after that the Jets/Colts game followed by the Vikings/Saints game. (If NASCAR were on I wouldn't even be concerned about the lack of a woman. Well, except for the possibility of a little action during the commercials of course.)

    Not being a purchaser of commercially cast bullets I don't really have an accurate estimate of how much four or five thousand cast bullets would have cost me but given the recent savings in the Viagra budget coupled with the bullet savings I suspect I could cover the cost of a new gun... or a trip to the Bunny Ranch in Nevada. Decisions, decisions... life doesn't get any easier.

    Be it bullets cast by your own hand or delivered by the big brown truck I wish you happy and safe shooting.

    (Any Heather Locklear look-a-like nymphomaniac ladies out there who want to learn how to cast? Hey, if you don't ask, you don't get.)

    Jack
     

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  2. Patrick Graham

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    :wavey: I'm getting ready to cast a few thousand 225 grainers myself [​IMG]
     

  3. Bob2223

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    It must be casting season, Cast 1,600 358 RN and 800+ 401 HPs last week.
    Gonna cast a couple more thousand 452 200 gn SWCs
    And then more 401 175 gn TC .

    Some of us still cast out in the brisk air of the season like real men while others cast inside watching TV :whistling:


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  4. PBKing

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    Right On
    For some, it is the only source of heat. Had to shut off the furnace to conserve LP so we could smelt and cast.
    Priorities Dontcha know.
     
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    :needspics:

    And I don't mean of Heather. I know what she looks like. I can conjure up that vision because of Spin City pretty easily.

    For me it was a good day to by a new Washing Machine. What fun. :upeyes:
     
  6. GioaJack

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    I can cast and watch TV at the same time because Colorado has this little thing called, ELECTRICITY... unlike Indiana that still relies on oxen and mule power.

    BTW... how are the goats? :whistling:

    Just taking a little break before the next playoff game. I hope Favre wins... I always root for the old guy. I can't seem to figure that out. :dunno:


    C4W... I'll take some pictures either later tonight or tomorrow... depends on my Metamucil effectiveness.

    Jack
     
  7. Bob2223

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    HI I'm Heather!

    Will you teach me to cast you big Italian stallion ?


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  8. GioaJack

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    If your wife knew how shabbily you treat your elders you'd be sleeping with the goats.

    Naw... they'd kick your butt out too... there are some things even a goat won't do. :whistling:

    My old guy lost... at least he didn't have a heart attack, or break a hip.

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    How about a picture of Heather casting and lubing bullets? I'm sure there are plenty of those floating around.
     
  10. PBKing

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    Hey now, Everything is Beautiful, in its own way.......you just have to find it. There has to be a pound of china lead in those, um...things.

    Before I found my specs I thought someone had a serious tinsel accident.
     
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    I'm waiting on pics as well, of the boolits and casting equipment. Since I started loading cast that has been sitting on shelves for years I have an interest in making the boolits now, especially since I have lots of salt water lead weights and tons of 50 cal muzzleloader bullets my father will never use again. He used to cast those years ago. Pics please.
     
  12. GioaJack

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    Okay, okay... just got home from doctor appointments and the pharmacy... my little sweetie there wants my body. She may not realize it, but I'm convinced she does.

    I'll go take some pictures and get 'em on here in a little while.


    BK63... Take those 50 cal round balls, or minnie balls, down to your range and sell 'em to the smoke pole shooters. They're worth a lot more that way than melting 'em down. a 100 count box of Hornady 50 cal round balls sells for right at $9 to $12, depending on where you buy 'em.

    Also be aware that if your dad cast 'em right they're pure lead... you're going to have to mix 'em with WW's or add some tin and antimony to bring it up to proper hardness.

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  13. GioaJack

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    As many of you already know, our little Colorado buddy, C4W, (Steve) is agonizing over whether to start casting or not. (Apparently his master...er, wife, has no qualms when it comes to making a decision on a new washing machine and old Steve happily obliges... but, I digress.)

    I spent yesterday, during the playoff games doing a little casting and have taken some requested pictures. Between being distracted by the games, especially the second one, a visit from the kids and grandkids and a visit from one of my horse boarders the actual time spent to produce what's pictured was around five hours.

    Pay attention C4W, I used some of my limited life expectancy to take these just for you.

    The large pile is 225 grain RN out of a 4 cavity Lyman mould. The plastic container in the foreground is filled with the same bullets that I sized and lubed during a break from casting. The two containers in the back are 121 grain RN out of another 4 cavity Lyman mould.
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    Yes, I cast indoors... always have. I currently use an RCBS Pro Melt 20# electric pot. This one is at least 18 years old. They pretty much last forever, I haven't even replaced the thermostat in this one yet. I have also used a Lyman bottom pour and a Lee bottom pour. I shall let each of you decide the pros and cons of the different furnaces.
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    I store my bulk cast bullets, sized or unsized, in Tupperware type containers but keep a supply of different caliber and weights in Arco bins so I can just grab a bin and set it next to a press.
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    Continued in next post.
     
  14. GioaJack

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    You still paying attention C4W, I'm missing an HBO movie because of you.

    I keep the moulds I use most often sitting in an aluminum baking pan next to the furnace. Because there's no humidity up here there's no need to oil the moulds between casting sessions. Just set 'em on the warming shelf of the furnace for a few minutes then start casting.
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    Some of my other moulds... when I need to use them it only takes a minute or so to attach the handles.
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    Many mango seasons ago when you bought a Lyman 4 cavity mould it came with handles. This one is a 148 grain bevel base wadcutter. Yes, I have a couple Lee moulds... never really got use to them. I prefer iron moulds... doesn't mean they're better, just what I'm use to.
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    Okay C4W, you can go back to sleep now.

    Jack
     
  15. WiskyT

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    Jack, things aint too bad if you can swing an iron 4 cavity for a while. I've heard they are heavy.
     
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    Jack thanks for the pics. I am pretty interested in this whole casting thing. I just can't seem to take the plunge. I gota read a little more. You make it sound pretty easy. I think you are going to cost me some money here!!!! Well the wife will be happy, as I will spending more time in the "reloading room".
     
  17. BK63

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    Nice pics. Is that a morter on the bench? This guy likes to shoot EVERYTHING :supergrin:
     
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    Wow, great pictures. Thanks. How deep is that bench? It looks like it's about 36" or so.
     
  19. PBKing

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    Cool.
    A picture is worth a thousand words. Nice setup
     
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  20. WiskyT

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    My casting bench is the tailgate of my pickup covered with aquired white towels of the type typically found in hotels...

    I back the truck up to the entrance of the garage so I am covered overhead but outside at the same time. I open the windows on the truck so I can listen to my angry, right-wing, knee-jerk, reactionary, white male talk radio while I cast.