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Old April 21, 2010, 06:55 PM   #1
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Newbie reloading questions

Hey all,

I normally just lurk the the semiauto section, but I've had the urge to get into pistol reloading. Last week, I couldn't stand the itch anymore, so I ordered what my wallet would allow, a 9mm Lee Classic Loader. I just finished loading my first 50rds (115gr rainier PHPs, Accurate #5, CCI primers) and this thing is a blast! It's labor intensive and slow as hell, but it works very, very well!

So, as I've already said, I'm one with more time than money(college kid) so I'm interested in casting my own bullets. I understand the basic principle, but I'd like a more detailed explanation of what all costs are involved. As far as I can tell, you need the following:

Lead - $0-10, if you use wheel weights
Melting pot - $0, assuming you don't need a special type of pot
Flux - $?

Is that all you need? Seems like you'd need something to size the bullets one they're cast...or is that just taking the extra unnecessary step? Anyway, as you can tell, I don't know a lot about the process, so if you all can enlighten me, I'll send you a cookie. Thanks for your help!
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Old April 21, 2010, 07:12 PM   #2
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Do a search for "bullet casting".
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Old April 21, 2010, 07:56 PM   #3
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I highly suggest looking around at MidwayUSA's website. They will have all of the equipment needed for casting. Then check your local shops, support the local guys.

But here is a quick list of what comes right to mind....

1. Melting pot/furnace (the names are somewhat interchangeable these days)
2. Casting Mold
3. Casting Mold Handles (most molds do not include handles)
4. Lead Laddle
5. Sizer die (to compress the lead into the correct Outside Diameter, many also lube in the step as well)
6. Bullet Lube die
7. Lead (many people remelt shot lead bullets, some use wheel weights, some buy ingits, lots of options)

But above all, Welcome to TFL and to the Wonderful, yet ever expanding, world of reloading. We have lots of great, knowledgeable people around here. We all like to think this is a great place to hang out, and we hope you do as well.

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Old April 21, 2010, 08:57 PM   #4
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I would check your local paper, Craig's list, ebay, ad sections in forums like this for nice used equipment AFTER you do the research so you know what you must have.

Good luck!
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Old April 22, 2010, 11:59 AM   #6
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Welcome to the Wunnerful World of Molten Metal! You'll notice I moved your thread to Bullet Casting forum. Everyone's friendly here, and anxious to help beginners.

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Old April 22, 2010, 03:03 PM   #7
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lead , watch for zinc wheel weights , zinc will render lead useless for castin bullets .

a steel pot , no aluminum !!

A heat source capable of keepin pot 750f.
Fluxin material , I use candle wax (pea sizs will flare up but will burn off qwik)

Mold , a $20.00 lee is what I recommend for beginners ( if ya don`t like it then your not out much)Start with a tumble lube design & ya can lube & size with lees set up ( press mounted) You`ll want a press shortly !!!

Ladle from lyman $15.00

Size kit .356 from lee $15.00


Wet lead will explode if stuck in a pot of hot lead!!!!
Dry it or start with a cold pot!!!!

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Enjoy !!!! BE SAFE !!!!


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Old April 22, 2010, 04:10 PM   #8
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Thanks for the info everyone. Just a couple more questions:

1) Does the lee 2-mold dipper come with handles?

2) Steel or iron pot, right?

3) Will a propane turkey fryer heater reliably reach the appropriate temps?

4) I don't need to size the .356 bullets from the lee mold for 9mm, do I? That's what I've read, and it's a relief, but I don't understand why that would be.

If anyone has an old 9mm mold they'll let go of, PM me please!
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1 yes.
2 yes no aluminum !!(don`t ask how I know)
3 yes , it`ll heat the lead & you all at the same time !! but it will work
stay up wind the best ya can ( FAN driven breezes count)
4 "IF" ya get a mold that drops a bullet in the diameter ya need .356-.357???
ya can get by if the feed reliably.

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