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snuffy
August 12, 2009, 11:59 AM
I'm going to start something I may come to regret.:rolleyes: Once I get my boolits pics up on the boolit pics thread, if someone is considering starting casting, they may want to try out a certain boolit for whatever weapon they have. If you truly want to try some, I would be glad to send you enough boolits from whatever mold I have to try out in your shooter.

That way you would know before hand if what you want to order will work. I've done this before many times on other forums, all I ask is to cover the cost of shipping.

Flat rate boxes are the easiest and cheapest way to do it. I just ordered a sample pack of flat rate boxes so I could do this.

In the mean time, what do ya'll think of this proposal?

CrustyFN
August 12, 2009, 03:12 PM
I think that is a great idea and a very generous offer. There wouldn't be anything worse than putting out money for a mold only to find out your gun doesn't like them.

Rusty

IllinoisCoyoteHunter
August 12, 2009, 03:48 PM
I give this idea two thumbs up! I would also be willing to share some of my boolits...but beware that I don't keep hundreds and hundreds stocked up at a time. I keep maybe one or two hundred of each type of boolit. If I am out, I am out!

Shane Tuttle
August 12, 2009, 07:31 PM
Hey, I have no pride. I'd like to take advantage of it.

I'm not the type to have umpteen different molds to use for my guns and it would be nice to have some samples to try before I buy...

brando77
August 12, 2009, 07:38 PM
great idea i'd love to try out different boolits before commiting to some costly tool,does any one here sell their boolits ?

IllinoisCoyoteHunter
August 12, 2009, 08:03 PM
I think most of us don't sell our boolits. Most of us (at least me) probably don't have the time to make it worthwhile. There are some people on here that do sell boolits....some for a living. It would probably be best to hook up with one of them. I sell a couple hundred a year to a couple local guys, but it doesn't bring home the bacon ( I sell them for $8/100)...I do it because I like to cast.

kyle663
August 12, 2009, 08:42 PM
I've made boolits for a few guys. usually they send me lead and i cast half of what they send for them and the other half is for my time , electricity and such. I tumble lube everything right now so they usually go back unlubed. if a guy just wanted to try 20 to 50 boolits, just to see if he liked the design, the cost of shipping I think would be fair. just my .02 cents

DiscoRacing
August 12, 2009, 08:48 PM
I C H.... I must like casting too..... .... i currently have over 8,000 rds cast for .401 and .358... maybe I oughtta slow down a lil bit.

kyle663
August 12, 2009, 08:50 PM
lol, you might want to get a second hobby disco.:D

DiscoRacing
August 12, 2009, 08:52 PM
Actually.... I spent all day today resizing/trimming/polishing... aprox 300 rds of the 7,000 of .223 brass that I have....... I love my reloading hobby!!!:eek:

ar15man2009
August 12, 2009, 09:09 PM
I am certainly up for this idea.Its sounds great to me. I have had to buy several molds without trying that exact one out before and it can be an uneasy feeling.

kyle663
August 12, 2009, 09:26 PM
I was oncd loaned a mold by a member on another forum. this can be a good idea so long as we dont get any bad apples, or trade molds you dont like for one you might. I know i could sure use a .225 mold :D

snuffy
August 13, 2009, 03:02 AM
Okay, I posted this before heading off to work. I'm glad to see some may take advantage of the offer. But I won't be taken advantage of. By that I mean you better convince me that you truly want to get started in casting, OR you already cast, and just bought another, different, caliber and am wondering which mold to get.

I mostly have lee molds. Why? Because they work and they're much cheaper. Most of their molds are copies of old standby boolits made by other mold companies, that have proven themselves over the years. I have one "group buy" mold, it's a lee 6 cav for a 45/70 405 RF boolit.

I can tumble lube them in either roster jacket, or lee liquid alox. I also have a Lyman 450 luber/sizer, but don't have all the dies for every boolit.

Friday starts a week layoff, so I'll have time to shoot some pics of my mold selection.

We can discuss what the end is, what the boolit will be used for, therefore what hardness you'd like to get. I can go anywhere from pure lead to straight linotype.

DiscoRacing
August 13, 2009, 06:26 AM
Snuffy your a good egg..... fyi... im from spring green wisc originally.

GP100man
August 13, 2009, 07:37 PM
snuffy
how does the rooster lube work ????, is it as stiky ????, anything with alox stops my head up tite as can be!!
i`m currentrly lubing everything with glenn`s carnauba red in a 450 & get very little smoke & shiney bore.
i`ve got a batchof 358swc tl boolits lubed with jpw but busted my shoulder & can`t even scratch my nose rite handed at the moment

snuffy
August 16, 2009, 10:52 AM
GP, I just remembered you asked a question. I have very little experience with the rooster jacket lube. I have only had it for a month. It DOES dry completely, not tacky, but is has almost no color to it, so you can't hardly tell it's on the boolit. I put some blue food color in it, then it shows up pretty well.

I used some on a few 45/70 boolits that weren't going too fast, it worked fine, no leading. I'll have to test it on some more boolits before I can say it works as good as LLA,(Lee Liquid Allox).

snuffy
August 17, 2009, 08:49 AM
I put the pics of my boolits up on illyotehunters thread, "boolit pictures with specifications." No sense of repeating it here. Like yotehntr said, I don't keep a large inventory of every boolit for every mold I have. If I have time AND it's not to damn hot to cast, I'll make some fresh boolits to send to somebody. It usually doesn't take much to get me interested in a project.

jmorris
August 17, 2009, 09:03 AM
I mostly have lee molds.

If you have the 12ga slug mold I would be interested in trying a few out.

snuffy
August 17, 2009, 09:50 AM
Jmorris, yes I do! It's the 7/8 ounce 12 ga. version of the lee key lock slug. AND I have some cast of wheel weights that I could, would ship to you if you wanted to try some. Would 30 be enough to work up a load for you?

Shoot me your addy via PM, I'll get some boxed up in a flat rate box.

kyle663
August 19, 2009, 09:26 AM
snuffy, I would like to try some of the 55grain 225 boolits befoe i buy a mold. what would you want for 50 with gc's?

snuffy
August 19, 2009, 07:21 PM
No problemo Kyle, um, er, one problem, I don't have 50 cast right now. BUT I'll be firing up the pot soon to make some rifle bullets for 30 cal and try 2 new molds. I'll be using some "so called" linotype lead, that I suspect is a bunch of letters and spacers all melted together. It results in a BHN of around 18 air cooled, would probably water quench quite a bit harder.

Will you be using them in your triple deuce? You should be able to push them to 1900-2000 with a gas check and tamarack 50-50. I can size and lube while seating the gas check to .224.

BTW the new molds are a double cav in C-312-155-2R and a 2 cav 430-310-RF. The first one is mainly for the 7.62 X 39, but it can be sized down to .309. The second I actually have a gun to shoot them in is a heavy weight for 44 mag, both are gas checked bullets.

As a side note, one individual has taken advantage of my offer, he should be getting his bullets in a couple days. Kyle, all I ask is for you to cover the postage, which cost ONLY $4.80 for the small flat rate box to anywhere in the U.S. I can print the postage and ship right from my home!

kyle663
August 19, 2009, 07:35 PM
that be what i'm gonna load them for snuffy. just let me know when your eady for me to send the money order and your address. thanks so much.

jmorris
August 24, 2009, 11:28 AM
Received a box of 30 slugs in two different alloys and load data, thanks a million for the effort!

jm

angus6
August 26, 2009, 11:16 PM
snuffy I'd sure like to try some 55gr. .223 and also the .243 , I could see if a ingot would fit a small flat rate box , I've got some 2/6 and some 2/7 again , along with a prepaid label

kyle663
August 28, 2009, 06:37 PM
boolits showed up today snuffy. now i just gotta get home to load em. :)

snuffy
May 16, 2010, 10:34 AM
I'm going to bring this TTT, To The Top, again to give new people a chance to maybe get a few bullets to try out. The conditions are the same, just reimburse me for the postage.

458winshooter
May 17, 2010, 05:28 PM
I posted about a year ago about something like this and did not get any bites so I bought 3 molds in March but still would like to try others before I buy the molds so tell me what you have and I will let you know if there is something interesting to me.Thank you very much for the offer.

GP100man
May 17, 2010, 08:54 PM
I`ll help out a little , I have a bunch of lee& lyman 38/357 molds .

I have a 358156hp that`s had the GC removed.
The obsolete 357446 swc ( works good above 1,000fps)
The lee 158 rnfp that shoots beatifully in all the 38/357 I own .

A lee 150 gr. 30/30 mold & a lyman 314299 is all the rifle I have at the moment.

44 I have 429421 429215 that`s had the GC removed lee 310 gr sledge hammer.

Most of these I have cast in a semi soft isotope alloy that is 10.5 bhn.

I usually don`t lube until I`m ready to load.

Sorry no tumble lubes .

snuffy
May 21, 2010, 11:37 AM
I'll get to work on some new pics, as soon as I get the garden planted, AND I figure out how to run my new DSLR Canon rebel T2i. I have several new molds for boolits,,--oops bullets, more than what's listed in the other thread;

http://thefiringline.com/forums/showthread.php?t=371328

snuffy
May 22, 2010, 11:42 PM
Just trying out the new camera! Here's a few of the most recent molds I've bought.

http://photos.imageevent.com/jptowns/bullets/websize/IMG_0097.JPG

http://photos.imageevent.com/jptowns/bullets/websize/IMG_0095.JPG

Anyway, posts #10 and 14 on this thread are what I make. I missed a couple on this photo session, I just gotta clean the reloading room!:eek:

http://thefiringline.com/forums/showthread.php?t=371328

Rangefinder
May 23, 2010, 02:22 PM
Whatcha got there Snuffy? Lets see how close I can get... L to R...

Looks like an 8mm, a .284/7mm (could be a .30, just looks a tad small if the first is in fact a .324 something), a heavy .45, a heavy .44, a .30 cal, a .40 cal, and a 9mm? Don't ask me the mold numbers, I could probably get closer by banging my head on the keyboard a couple times... :D

Renfield
May 23, 2010, 03:04 PM
are you gentlemen deliberately misspelling bullets? why?

Edward429451
May 23, 2010, 03:15 PM
For people that shoot jacketed and cast bullets, it is a quick way to differentiate that you are shooting a cast boolit. Bullets wear jackets.
They frown on the terms use here at TFL and probably rightly so because it's use could contribute to the slack jawed yokel sterotype.

I think it's hilarious term and boolit is good shorthand for cast bullet, but when in Rome...:)

Renfield
May 23, 2010, 03:18 PM
bullets were used for centuries without jackets, in fact jacketed bullets are a relatively recent (in historical terms) phenomenon

snuffy
May 23, 2010, 03:32 PM
Whatcha got there Snuffy? Lets see how close I can get... L to R...

Looks like an 8mm, a .284/7mm (could be a .30, just looks a tad small if the first is in fact a .324 something), a heavy .45, a heavy .44, a .30 cal, a .40 cal, and a 9mm? Don't ask me the mold numbers, I could probably get closer by banging my head on the keyboard a couple times...

Wow! Not too far off. L-R 1 is a 303 bullet, 180 grain .313. 2 is a 308 170, made for the thutty-thutty. 3 is a 300 grain .452. 4 is a 300 grain .429. 5 is a 7.62 X 39 bullet, @ 150 grain, casts at .311. 6 is a Lee TLTC @ .452. for 45 acp 230 grain. 7 is a 124 9mm also a tumble lube.

1, C312-185-1R #90371 2, C309-150-F #90366 3, C452-300-RF #90359 4, C430-310-RF #90858 5, C312-155-2R #90385 6, TL452-230-TC #90286 7, TL356-124-2R #90464

All are Lee molds. I do have some older Lyman's and one on the way, a 150 SWC GC, to try to duplicate Skeeter Skelton's favorite load.

snuffy
May 23, 2010, 03:45 PM
Renfield, go here to see why that term/misspelling is used.

http://castboolits.gunloads.com/index.php

Here's the reasoning behind it by the originator of the spelling.

From 45nut, owner of cast boolits.
Boolits= as God laid it into the soil,,grand old Galena,the Silver Stream graciously hand poured into molds for our consumption.

Bullets= Machine made utilizing Full Length Gas Checks as to provide projectiles for the masses.

reloader28
May 24, 2010, 11:29 PM
Snuffy
Have you tried the 300gr Lee 44 and 45 yet? They sure look wicked. I'm thinking of ordering them both shortly for myself. And the matching 357. Should be a heck of a hunting boolit.

IllinoisCoyoteHunter
May 25, 2010, 07:37 AM
I shoot that heavy gc'ed 45 in my T/C 454 Casull. It has some SERIOUS energy when pushed to 1800 FPS! Mine come out at 315 grns lubed and checked.

GP100man
May 25, 2010, 11:40 AM
I call the lee 310 a 2 holer 1 going in & 1 going out !!!!

I run em with IMR 4227 `bout 1100fps & that`s enuff for me !!!

snuffy
May 25, 2010, 01:26 PM
Snuffy
Have you tried the 300gr Lee 44 and 45 yet? They sure look wicked. I'm thinking of ordering them both shortly for myself. And the matching 357. Should be a heck of a hunting boolit.

No to both. I only have a 45 colt in a 45/.410 combo, so I'm not in a big hurry to try it. The Comanche is hardly an accurate gun!:mad: Makes a great short .410 though!:)

As for the 300 44, i jst got that mold, haven't had time to size any, it's one project on a long list that I intend to do this summer. First is to get the garden planted.

I hope my super blackhawk will like that bullet.

GP100man
May 25, 2010, 03:35 PM
The 1 on the far rite is ICHs NOE 360180.

I`m thinkin of millin the gas check off my lee 310 mold , I think it`ll wind up at 265 grs. It would`nt be the first $20.00 bucks I threw away !!:eek:



http://i746.photobucket.com/albums/xx110/GP100man/102_0245.jpg

reloader28
May 25, 2010, 10:41 PM
I'm gonna find out. I ordered the 300gr 44 and 45 molds today. I need to quit buying molds and start fine tuning loads with the ones I have. I cant help it. My names Ken and I'm a castaholic:D

458winshooter
June 5, 2010, 05:26 PM
Anybody got a clue what a Lee 310gr would cast if you were to drill out the gascheck to a plainbase bullet?

reloader28
June 6, 2010, 09:02 AM
458winshooter

In my particular molds,
the 44 casts at 305gr w/o gas check or lube.
the 45 casts at 308gr w/o gas check or lube.
Thats straight WW alloy. I'm guessing it would add about 3 gr or maybe 4 gr after drilling.

wyobohunter
June 6, 2010, 10:41 PM
Maybe you boolit casters could form a sort of co-op. Everybody list what moulds you have. If somebody wants to try out a few boolits before buying the mould just send the right fella a pm and pay shipping.

IllinoisCoyoteHunter
June 7, 2010, 07:29 AM
Maybe you boolit casters could form a sort of co-op. Everybody list what moulds you have. If somebody wants to try out a few boolits before buying the mould just send the right fella a pm and pay shipping.

Like this.... ? http://thefiringline.com/forums/showthread.php?t=371328

I need to update my list because I think I have ONE of the original molds I listed. I go through molds like I do women. :D

Jumping Frog
June 7, 2010, 10:33 AM
Actually.... I spent all day today resizing/trimming/polishing... aprox 300 rds of the 7,000 of .223 brass that I have....... I love my reloading hobby!!!
If you have 7,000 cases to prep, you should take a hard look at the Giraud Case Trimmer (http://www.giraudtool.com/prod02.htm). It is spendy. but it would rip through those 7,000 in an afternoon.

458winshooter
January 17, 2012, 03:18 AM
I am wanting some heavies in 357 to experiment with.180's or 200's if anybody has a mold for them.A Kieth 170 will do also.

snuffy
January 17, 2012, 03:40 AM
458W, the heaviest .357 I have is a 168 Lyman mold, it's a keith SWC. If you'd want to try some, send me a PM with your snail mail addy, I'm sure I have some sized to .358 and ready to go. They drop @ 170+ and sized a bit more, maybe 171.

PawPaw
January 17, 2012, 09:38 AM
I am wanting some heavies in 357 to experiment with.180's or 200's if anybody has a mold for them.A Kieth 170 will do also.

I've got a 180 grain Ranch Dog mold for the .35 Remington, but I've never used it in that cartridge, preferring to use it in the .357 magnum. Pushed to 1190 in my Model 28, that same load moves at 1600 out of my Marlin 1894C. It's a great fun bullet with plenty of energy.

458winshooter
January 19, 2012, 03:23 AM
Paw-Paw is that a tumble lube with a gascheck?C-360-180-RNFP or something to that effect?I have seen someone on another forum say good things about it if it is.

TXGunNut
January 19, 2012, 11:07 PM
Like this.... ? http://thefiringline.com/forums/showthread.php?t=371328

I need to update my list because I think I have ONE of the original molds I listed. I go through molds like I do women. -ICH

Understood. Rather spend my quality time w/ guns & dogs anyways. Here's what I cast for these days, if you're curious about what I'm playing with send me a PM. All you'll owe me is feedback.
You'll have to go to the other thread for pics & stuff.

ronz
August 30, 2012, 01:06 PM
I have been thinking about getting the lee .311 in 93 or 100 grain I’m going to be loading for a tokarev only cast one barrel so far .308 with a caliper need to get a micrometer then will cast the rest or should I be thinking about using the .309?

snuffy
September 3, 2012, 10:01 AM
Ronz, I have this mold for casting for my CZ-52 in the 7.62x25. I size them to .308, they seem to shoot quite well.


90301---311-100-2R. If you'd like to try some, I could send you what I have cast up to try out before buying the mold. Or I could cast some, then leave them unsized/un-lubed for you to size to whatever you need. I also have .309, .310, and .311 sizers, if you need them sized AND lubed.

ronz
September 4, 2012, 12:04 PM
Thanks snuffy
I’m putting in my order with a couple of people now so wouldn’t have a chance to try them before the order goes out (yep penny wise and pound foolish) I was planning on getting the 93gr and .309 sizer so may take you up on it later to see if I need a different sizer

ronz
October 21, 2012, 07:19 AM
Would like to find what my 45 Springfield likes before I get a mould for it will be using it to shoot on bullseye league so probably going to go with a wad cutter design just hope I can get the accuracy I want using a tl bullet
Haven’t slugged it but have been shooting different commercial cast (.452) for 20+ years and never had any leading

ronz
October 21, 2012, 07:27 AM
I have if anyone wants to try
lee 311-93-1r with a .309 sizer
lee 356-120-tc with a.357 sizer
rcbs 38-090-rn with a.357 sizer