Originally Posted by chris in va
You can't use pure lead in handguns
Sure you can, but it helps if you put a little tin in the mix to help the mold fill. Many of the bullets that the factories (Speer, Hornady, etc) sell are swaged lead and are very soft. Millions of those bullets are shot every year. I don't worry about alloying metal until I plan to drive the bullet over 1300 fps, which covers the bulk of my .38 special, 44 special, and .45 ACP loadings.
The most important part of shooting lead bullets in handguns and rifles is that the bullet fits the bore. In handguns especially, it's important that the bullet be soft enough to obdurate under pressure.