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Old October 11th, 2012, 08:00 AM #1
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I LOVE MY.45 CAL 'SHROOMS !

I recovered these samples from my bullet trap while doing some shooting yesterday. These are my cast .45 Colt bullets sized to .451 final 340 grain and inserted in Harvester Crush Rib .50 sabots. Also using 100 grains of Hodgdon RS at 50 & 100 yards. I simply love the way they mushroom. I shot abut 75 rounds yesterday and this weekend I shall cast many more.

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are they pure lead?
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Old October 11th, 2012, 12:29 PM #3
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Nice! My favorite ones I've seen (online, I didnt do this). Hollow-points shot in water

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Nice! My favorite ones I've seen (online, I didnt do this). Hollow-points shot in water
Sorry you missed the point of the post. It's not an art contest.
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are they pure lead?
Thanks for asking.

No sir. These are Lead with 3% Antimony. They mushroom nicely. Pure lead just kept folding over.
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Care to give up your secrets with a brief "how-to" on your melting, mixing, casting, annealing/hardness process?
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Care to give up your secrets with a brief "how-to" on your melting, mixing, casting, annealing/hardness process?

No secrets here. I melt my lead in a lyman pot over a Crab Cooker burner. I add 2 bars of pure clean lead and 1 bar lead with 3% Antimony. All 1 pound bars. I keep my lead clean and pour fast. The rest is purely the mix of lead and Antimony. Using pure lead just folds over into a blob. 3-4% Antimony per pound bar seems to do the trick. I've tried up to 10% and anything above 6% is no good.
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"I melt my lead in a lyman pot over a Crab Cooker burner."

Do you maintain a specific temperature with that rig?

Which mould number?

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i noticed some creases in your bullets, have you considered adding tin?
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i noticed some creases in your bullets, have you considered adding tin?
I would love to debate those creases, but, they don't affect accuracy. Only a few of these are first casts, so, it's not as though the whole batch of 100 have creases. They are just fine.
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