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velocity inline rifles? In summary, when
lead (not patched roundballs) exceeds
1,500 feet per second, it begins to
laminate the bore and needs the stabilization of a copper gas check. Copper (Brinnell hardness number of 40)
does this job efficiently, but it leads to
other problems when the lead is fully
jacketed: obturation (mushrooming
back and releasing energy.) Pure lead
(Brinnell hardness number of 5) does
not need to be accelerated to velocities more than 2,000 fps to be efficient
game harvesting bullets. Hyper velocity
leads to hyper problems. Lead bullet
casters are quite satisfied with the accuracy and terminal bullet performance
of their homemade bullets.
Would a hunter spend more on bullet casting equipment than he or she
would spend in a year buying bullets?
Again, the answer needs to be qualified. Yes, the average hunter would find
that it would take many years of hunting to justify the costs of new equipment. Obviously, the hunter/shooter
who needs thousands of bullets to get
through the year’s target shooting and
hunting situations, would save money
in a short amount of time. Like any
hobby, though, equipment costs are not
the primary motivation for becoming
involved.
Now that the joys and concerns of
bullet casting have been addressed, let’s
take a look at the equipment necessary
for success.
Casting Equipment
The basics of lead bullet casting involve heat, a crucible of some sort, a
mold, lead, and a way to transfer the
molten metal into the top of the mold.
In a primitive situation, such as the
scenario introduced at the beginning
APRIL  2013 

CASTING or “running lead” will produce
hours of enjoyment for you and a new
hunter. It provides time for hunting stories,
planning new adventures, and provides an
inexpensive way to shoot more.

of this chapter, a hunter needs only the
hot coals of a wood fire, a ladle, some
lead and a bullet mold. The total costs
for this homespun adventure might
amount to less than a $20 bill. A single
cavity Lee Roundball Mold in .490
(for a 50-caliber rifle) is about $14.29,
and the Lee ladle is available for about
$3.85 (although an old tablespoon
would work and is free).
As we become more demanding
as home bullet casters, higher quality
equipment becomes desirable and is
readily available from various gunsmith
supply houses. Good electric furnaces
for melting lead range in price from
about $28 to more than $300. As you
upgrade your production pot, you will
begin to enjoy larger heating elements,
bottom pouring spouts, larger volumes
and variable temperature controls.
All of these features make the casting
experience more precise and increase
your rate of production.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013

Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013
Contents
Another Doorstep
Whitetail Predation
Pymatuning and Conneaut
Grinnin’ a Gobbler
Want to Be a Successful Turkey Hunter?
One for Officer Grove
Pennsylvania Otters — A Success Story
Kestrel Numbers Climb at SGL 205
From the Field
Field Notes
Conservation News
Making a Difference
What Should I Be Doing This Month?
Off the Wire
Another View
The Naturalist’s Eye
Straight from the Bowstring
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Crossings
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Cover2
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Another Doorstep
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Whitetail Predation
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Pymatuning and Conneaut
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 6
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 7
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 8
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 9
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 10
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Grinnin’ a Gobbler
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 12
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Want to Be a Successful Turkey Hunter?
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 14
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 15
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - One for Officer Grove
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 17
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 18
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Pennsylvania Otters — A Success Story
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 20
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 21
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 22
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 23
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Kestrel Numbers Climb at SGL 205
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 25
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - From the Field
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 27
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Field Notes
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 29
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 30
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 31
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 32
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 33
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 34
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Conservation News
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 36
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 37
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 39
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 40
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 41
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 42
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 43
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Making a Difference
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - What Should I Be Doing This Month?
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Another View
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 49
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - The Naturalist’s Eye
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 52
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 53
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Straight from the Bowstring
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 55
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 56
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 57
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 59
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 60
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 61
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 62
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 63
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