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Hard Cast Bullets

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by BCGUNCOLL, Apr 22, 2014.

  1. BCGUNCOLL

    BCGUNCOLL

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    What are the hardest cast bullets that are readily available and safe to shoot through a lone wolf after market barrel?
     
  2. Colorado4Wheel

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    You don't need them to be "Hardest". They just need to be sized properly. Unless you have something really really unique planed.
     

  3. fredj338

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    Probably the Laser Cast, very hard bullet. I agree with C4W, bullet hardness rarely comes into play at handgun vel/pressures, rifles yes, handguns not so much.
     
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  4. ken grant

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    A bullet that is too hard can lead as much or even more than a soft one.

    Fit and pressure range matters much more.
     
  5. JBnTX

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    As others have said, the bullet to bore fit and velocity are more important than hardness.

    I shoot Missouri Bullet Company bullets. They list the BHN number so you can load them properly.

    Read this: http://www.missouribullet.com/technical.php
     
  6. SJ 40

    SJ 40 Deplorable,Clinger

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    And if not sized correctly to the bore will end up tinning ones bore,that is a general PITA to clean out.

    Most commercial hard case bullets tend to run 16-18 BHN.

    Monotype is the hardest alloy at 26-28 BHN and will shatter if it hits any thing of any resistance,not ideal.


    Hardness of Lead Alloys


    http://www.pnjresources.com/Hardness of Lead Alloys.htm

    SJ 40
     
  7. Booker

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    What caliber are you loading for? I used fairly soft bullets for the Cowboy 45LC and fairly hard bullets for the 500 S&W Magnum!
     
  8. Kentguy

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    BCGUNCOLL,

    I use Lead bullets from the Missouri Bullet co. as well. Lots of good info on that site about hardness and bullet make-up that will help you get a handle on the subject of bullet hardness.

    But as for general handgun shooting... C4W and Fred hit the nail on the head.
     
  9. dbarry

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    Yup. I've heard and experienced the same. Good advice.