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Old April 5, 2013, 08:56 PM   #1
Cricoid
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Worth reloading lead bullets?

I started reloading a few months ago. Thus far I've loaded 9mm, 10mm, and .45 ACP on my Lee turret press, but I have dies for several other calibers. I've stuck to jacketed bullets thus far and I've had no problems at all.

Aside from cost savings, am I missing anything by not investing in some cast bullets? I shoot a fair amount of .38/.357 and .45 LC, and cast bullets are far cheaper than FMJ at several online retailers.

Leading, bullet shaving, determining proper bullet hardness, slugging the bore to ensure proper diameter, etc. just seem like issues that are a potential PITA. I can push jacketed bullets faster without worrying about any of that stuff. And I think barrel leading in some of my old revolvers would break my heart

Is loading lead really that big of a hassle? Or have I just done too much research on the internet?
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