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vrDrew

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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..)
 

daflake

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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.... ;)
 
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Huntn

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decided to cast my own SG slugs, went with the Russians instead of the Americans:43:





anyone here cast their own pills? can't wait to load and try them.
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
 
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Gutwrench

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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?
 
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Zenithal

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depends on your powder combo.
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.
[doublepost=1549691790][/doublepost]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.
 
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Gutwrench

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time to powder coat
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.
 
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lostngone

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Natural selection at work.
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.
 
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Zenithal

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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 then while soldering because you are not constantly standing 8 - 18 inches away from the smelting pot.
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.
 

juanm

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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 then while soldering because you are not constantly standing 8 - 18 inches away from the smelting pot.
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).
 

bunnspecial

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Now would be a good time to fire up the melting pot and cast a bunch of bullets were it not for the fact that it's nasty, rainy, and dreary and I only do it outside.
 
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