Pennsylvania Game News - February 2012 - 60
Lock, Stock & Barrel
By Jim Romanelli
Cast bullets for rifles and handguns have undergone a sort of revival recently, because casting your own is cost efficient and adds a new element to reloading fun.
Bullet Casting for Beginners
ITH THE COST of ammunition going through the ceiling, sportsmen are always trying to find an economical way to keep on shooting. Reloading is a great start, where you can save anywhere from 30 to 40 percent over factory ammunition, but even jacketed bullets can get a little pricey when just shooting for fun at targets. Many sportsmen have now turned to bullet casting, not only for lowering the cost of ammunition even further, but also to enjoy another facet in shooting. Handgunners and cowboy action shooters can particularly benefit from bullet casting. With a little understanding of components and equipment, bullet casting is a hobby that is easy to understand and master. It can also be satisfying when rolling out projectiles that are equal in accuracy to those that are factory made. When getting into casting, there are several components you need to get started. First, let’s start with the source that creates the best bullets, and that is lead. The advantages to this element as compared to others metals, is that it has a low melting point (600 degrees Fahrenheit), it is very malleable (which allows it to readily deform to fill the gun’s bore), it is extremely dense (which allows its weight per volume to combat environmental factors such as wind and humidity) and it is inexpensive.
WITH A LITTLE understanding of components and equipment, bullet casting is a hobby that is easy to understand and master.