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  1. jkcerda macrumors 6502a

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    decided to cast my own SG slugs, went with the Russians instead of the Americans:43:
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    anyone here cast their own pills? can't wait to load and try them.
     
  2. Zenithal macrumors 604

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    Considered it back in 06 until I made friends with some quality reloaders.
     
  3. jkcerda thread starter macrumors 6502a

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  4. lostngone, Feb 3, 2019
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    Uerb-ma-Gerb!!!

    You were making your own bullets that you are going to load into a high-capacity clip?!?!!1!


    Please won’t you think about the Liberals, I, I mean children!
     
  5. vrDrew macrumors 65816

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    My biggest concern with DIY casting is the toxicity of the lead. Ideally you'd do it outdoors, or in an area with a well-designed ventilation system. And the bullets themselves are not the only source of lead: Most ammunition primer contains lead, and (obviously) you need to be very careful when handling used brass casings. (Not an issue with SG slugs, but ya know..)
     
  6. daflake macrumors 6502a

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    Looks good, but I agree with vrDrew, I hope you were in a well ventilated room! Not something I would do in my house.... ;)
     
  7. jkcerda thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    well ventilated.
     
  8. daflake macrumors 6502a

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    Good, like to keep the Mexi Midget around for a little while ;)

    I actually wanted to get into casting when I was in the states. Never got a chance but I did reload my own rounds. I rather enjoyed it to be honest.
     
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    You’d have value in a post apocalyptic society. Now figure out the brass and the firing pin. One of the problems I had with The Walking Dead. Manufacturing bullets from scratch might be a technical challenge. :D
     
  10. Gutwrench Contributor

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    I never cast or reloaded but a disappointment I had with range rounds were how dirty they were. Is that still an issue?
     
  11. jkcerda thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    depends on your powder combo.
     
  12. Gutwrench Contributor

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    Thanks. I thought the lead was the main reason, but I honestly never knew.
     
  13. jkcerda thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    lead COULD be an issue depending on caliber, most of us powder coat our boolits to avoid too much lead in the barrels.
     
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  15. Zenithal macrumors 604

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    Err to further this, the cheap reloads usually have the worst filtering when it comes to smelting expended rounds and by filter I mean someone who skims badly. The second being someone who used dodgy powder in the cartridges. Old, exposed to moisture, bad seal on the lead, etc.

    Range lead if smelted right and using quality powder is as good as store bought if not better.
    --- Post Merged, Feb 8, 2019 ---
    But have to say, JK's rounds look similar to casts I've seen meant for large caliber air rifles, the kind used to take down African wildlife, or put a large hole through someone.
     
  16. juanm macrumors 65816

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    Natural selection at work.
     
  17. Gutwrench Contributor

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    Interesting, thanks. I’ve not seen this. I bet this would have made a significant difference. None of the range rounds I received were coated. They were dirty as heck right out of the bag. I stopped using them and bought my own.
     
  18. jkcerda thread starter macrumors 6502a

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  19. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    Agreed. Reloading is one thing, casting lead bullets is completely different.
     
  20. lostngone, Feb 9, 2019
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    lostngone macrumors 65816

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    I do a lot of soldering and only use the best Chinese/Russian lead based solder. I am sure I am exposing myself to 10 to 100 times the quantities of lead while soldering because you are not constantly standing 8 - 18 inches away from the smelting pot.
     
  21. Zenithal macrumors 604

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    Plus the smoke lingers. For soldering, I usually have an overhead fan going or wear a small respirator if it's anything more than a few minutes of work.
     
  22. juanm macrumors 65816

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    Maybe you could build a diy fume extraction hood for like $30. You certainly won't feel the effects for a long time, but if you really solder this often, it's actually a no-brainer (and a cheap fun weekend project).
     

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