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Old March 27, 2005, 01:23 PM   #1
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Does cast lead fowl 1911 brl

Does cast lead bullets lead up the barrel of the 1911? Guy at the shop selling them at $25 for 500 claimed that at the speed I was intending to load that they would not fowl. Not sure to beleive him.
note- I am not loading +p loads.
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Old March 27, 2005, 02:48 PM   #2
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Hi Novus,
The answer to your question is: "It depends." Cast bullets are trickier than jacketed bullets to load and shoot properly without fouling barrels. Depends on cast bullet alloy, cast bullet shape (bearing surface), amount of lube used (no. and size of lube rings), type of lube, ambient temperature, velocity of load, condition of barrel (rough, smooth, clean), length of barrel, etc. One real NO-NO is to shoot cast bullets thru a barrel without thoroughly cleaning after shooting jacketed bullets.

With a good medium hard alloy, good 50% Alox lube, and good clean barrel I shoot cast bullets up to 1400+ fps thru my S&W .44 mag revolvers without leading. Have no problem with leading in my Kimber .45 ACP either using H&G 68 bullet and Alox lube.

Try a small quantity of brand X cast bullets. If you get leading, try another brand. When you find a good combination then stick with them. Note: most people prefer the harder lubes because they aren't so messy. Unfortunately my guns have always preferred the rather soft ALOX lube so I go with what my guns like. YMMV.

Good shooting and be safe.
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ps: I have been loading and shooting cast bullets successfully for 40 years.
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Old March 27, 2005, 03:24 PM   #3
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Thanh you so very much. I will heed your advice.
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Old March 28, 2005, 11:12 AM   #4
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Old March 28, 2005, 12:00 PM   #5
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That was a fowl pun. If that pun was in football it would be a foul. Does that mean those old fowling pieces are harder to clean.
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Old March 28, 2005, 02:37 PM   #6
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Novus, I shoot a lot of 45acp and almost all of it is cast lead bullets.
I generally shoot about 200 rounds each time I go to the range, leading isn't really a problem.

Most of the time, there is little to no leading, it usually cleans up with a good soaking in solvent and a decent scrubbing with a brush.

I don't think you'll be driving 45's fast enough to lead the barrel with a fairly hard cast bullet.
I cast my own, so I know they are pretty hard and have good lube on them.
Swaged bullets, on the other hand, are a totally different animal.
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Old March 28, 2005, 02:53 PM   #7
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Thank you for the addditional info.
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