View Full Version : Harris Book "Cast Bullets" still available from NRA?

10-03-2005, 08:22 PM
Is Harris Books "Cast Bullets" still available from NRA? Or do I have to rob the graves of old timers to steal their copy from their cold dead hands?...........

10-03-2005, 09:12 PM
You'll have to find it on the used market. Mine's not for sale.

10-03-2005, 09:41 PM
............It's a shame too. What I especially enjoy is all the "Readers Write" stuff that's in there besides the scientific articles. I think the previous is the best part.


10-04-2005, 08:42 PM
Fiberoptik, My copy was printed in October, 1982, but I wouldn't write to the NRA. Rather, I'd use Google to locate used book sellers and enter the author, title and ISBN on the various sellers' websites. Here's the author's name, book title and ISBN:

E.H. Harrison, "Cast Bullets" ISBN 0-935998-49-7

Hope this helps!

10-04-2005, 11:13 PM
For that matter, how many supplements are there to this book? I have the original plus a much thinner "Supplement #1".

10-05-2005, 01:14 AM
For that matter, how many supplements are there to this book? I have the original plus a much thinner "Supplement #1".

I believe there was only the one supplement.


10-05-2005, 07:50 AM
For that matter, how many supplements are there to this book? I have the original plus a much thinner "Supplement #1".

There were 3 "Annuals" put out by Wolfe (Handloader) in the early 90's. Some good stuff there too.


10-05-2005, 11:20 AM
There were 3? I have Vol 1 dated 1990. I'll have to try to hunt down the other 2.

10-05-2005, 03:29 PM
I have been in search of this book for several years.
I wonder, if one of the enlightened who own it, would from time to time post a gem, that we could learn from?

10-05-2005, 04:40 PM
Which one? The NRA book or the one from Handloader (or both)? I type with 2 fingers, but I can put my wife on the task. I'll even post the article titles, so you can prioritize.

10-05-2005, 05:46 PM
Here is an interesting article on cast bullet books:


10-05-2005, 05:46 PM
I was thinking the NRA book, but either one that has a gem of wisdom to impart would be nice!

10-05-2005, 09:18 PM
There are something like 180 articles in this book (Some are very short). PM me with specific requests and I'll post what I can get around to.

Cast Bullets by COL . E. H. Harrison
An NRA Publication copyright 1979
(A multitude of authors have contributed articles which accounts for duplication of some titles)

Cast Bullets in Rifles Parts 1, 2, 3 & 4
Heat Treated Bullets
Measuring the Hardness of Cast Bullets
Zamak Bullets
.45 APC Handload Accuracy
Bore Leading
Using Gang Molds
Bullet Mold Tune-up
Refinements in Cast Bullets
Cleaning Bullet Molds
Blued Bullet Molds
Gas Check Fit
Lead Poisoning
Cleaning Bullet Molds
Bullet Lubricants
Point-Cutoff Molds
Basics of Bullet Casting
Lead Bullets After Jacketed
Omitting Gas Checks
Sizing Bullets
Shrinkage Voids in Bullets
Solidification Shrinkage
Cartridge Space Fillers
Drossing of Lead Alloys
Making Accurate .38 Handloads
Atimonial Lead
Cast Bullet Liabilities
Salvaged Type Metals
Testing Reduced Loads
Cast Bullets in Rifle Loads
Plain-Base Cast Bullets
Cleaning Lead From Mold
Gas-Check Attachment
Mold Cut-Off Plate
Slag From Bottom Pour
Accuracy and Power With Cast Bullets
Cast Bullets and How They Perform in Rifles
Cast Bullets in M-1 Rifle
Barrels for Cast bullets
Bullets For Small Game
Bore Polish by Lead Bullets?
Cartridge Space Fillers
Kapok or Dacron Filler
4831 with Cast Bullets
Sprue Hole Diameter
Paper Patching Makes a Difference
Kapok vs. Dacron Filler
Antimony for Bullet Metals
Shedding Gas Checks
Pencil Solves Casting Problems
Hardness of Bullet Alloys
Kapok in Handgun Loads
Patched Bullet Seating Depth
Wads Under Patched Bullets
Bullets Casting Methods
Handloaders, Prepare Your Own Alloys
Aluminum Sprue Plate Success
Smoking Bullet Mold Cavities
Aluminum Sprue Plate Rated High
Venting Bullet Molds
For Best Results Be Sure Your Alloy is Adequate
Make Your Own Bullet Metals
Cast Bullet Loading Method
Bench-Shooting Cast Bullets
Reduced Load Filler
Shrinkage in Casting
Schuetzen Load refinements
Brinell Hardness Measurements
Chase Patch
Bullets For Worn Barrels
Action of Paper Patch
Neck Sizing For Paper Patch
Powder For Cast Bullets
Making Bullet Alloys Cleaning Bullet molds
Paper Patches Wear Barrels?
Fluxing Bullet Metal
Effect of Fluxing
Oiled Sawdust Casting Flux
Buying Bullet Metal
Conservative Casting
Smoking Bullet molds
Paper Patch Bullets Come of age
Cast Bullets For Game
Canadian Black Powder Shooting Goes a Long Way
Lead Alloys Age-Harden
Sampling Lead For Hardness
Thumbnail Hardness Test
Tin In Bullet Metal
Wear By Linotype Bullets
Paper-Patch Lubricant
Gang Mold Guide
Reader Comments on Cast Game Bullets
Zinc Bullet Pistol Bullets
Smoking Bullet Molds
Bullet Patch Paper
Bullet Casting Safety
Bullet Base Edges
Micro-Groove Leading
Watch Ladle Moisture
Paper Patch Bullets Work In .300 Magnum
Lyman #2 Alloy
Sizing Lubricant Pressure
More On Cast Bullets
Grooves in Patched Bullets
Reamed case Mouths
Age-Hardening Of Alloys
Paper Patched Bullets
Calcium In Lead Bullets
Ringed Chambers
Antimony For Bullet Metal
Forcing Cone Polish
Patching Bullets
Paper Patches In Light Loads
Gas Check Seater
Contaminated Lead Supply
Fit In Forcing Cone
Patched Light Loads
Battery Plates: Bad News For Bullet Casters
A Casting Technique That Works
Stronger Bullets With Less Alloying
The Tin In Your Cast Bullets
The Truth About Wheel weights
Cast Bullets Must Fit The Bore
Casting Pistol Bullets
The Importance Of Gas Checks
Orientation And Selection: Two Keys To Accuracy

10-06-2005, 12:01 AM
Is Harris Books "Cast Bullets" still available from NRA? Or do I have to rob the graves of old timers to steal their copy from their cold dead hands?...........
Many thanks to RugerFan, I now have a copy of each coming my way. I just hope the wife doesn't get the mail when they, or any of my moulds shows up! Funny how they "don't understand" when we NEED something, but when they "like" something, it's SOOOO different! :-P

10-06-2005, 12:50 AM
"Gunsmith Kinks" from Brownells is another series I would not be without. Even knowing full well my own skills are seriously lacking and not liable to improve I am a real book monger and gunsmith type books are a real weakness. I do have enough knowledge to know "kinda why" or "exactly why" I should pay someone else to work on my guns now. I have a pretty decent collection of gun type books myself now and fully enjoy dragging one out to read several times over.
That Said,now in the Information Age and having the WWW available puts us at a tremendous advantage,those generations past had to rely on very few sources compared to us but that isn't saying they were lacking in real knowledge. That Generation came up with things such as TV's didn't they? :P

10-07-2005, 08:37 AM
I believe Bill Ferguson of www.antimonyman.com had the Handloader collections, although I'm only aware of 2 magizines not 3. Wolfe did offer "The Art of Casting Bullets" hardcover book, one of which is up on ebay now.

10-07-2005, 10:50 AM
The third one was called "Cast Bullet Special Edition"
dated 1992 ISSN 0017-7393

10-07-2005, 12:41 PM
I did an Ebay search, didn't find anything. What number?

10-08-2005, 08:03 AM
4060MAY- Yup, I've got the 2 magazines type ones they did and "The Art of Cating Bullets". The 2 mags were the one you mentioned and the earlier '89 or '90 edition. Never seen any others. Wish they'd do some compilations from the past 15 years.

Paul B
10-23-2005, 08:14 PM
There were four cast bullet books by Wolfe.

1. The Art of Bullet Casting from Handloader & Rifle magazines 1966-1981

2.Handloader's Cast Bullet Special Eddition

3. Handloaders' Bullet Making Annual

4.Handloaders' Bullet Making Annual II

If there are more, I don't know of them Book #2 was probably the last in the series. I would seriously like to see Wolfe do a compilation of all of Al Miller's cast bullet articles. He knows his stuff.

The NRA cast bullet book is long out of print as is the only supplement I know of.

They may still be doing this, but new members to the cast Bullet Assc. get a special book on bullet casting that is in a word, "Excellent." I think you might have to go with a two year membership to get it, but their in house magazine has some very interesting articles in it. My feeling, when it comes to cast bullets is, try to find everything you can in print. Not all of it will be meaningful, but it aids the learning process. I've been casting for 51 years now, and I'm still learning every day.
Wolfe has a website, and you might be able to get copies of their books, but the NRA stuff, you just have to hit the used books market for those.
Paul B.

10-24-2005, 01:10 AM
Did the NRA hang it up with all their books? I seem to remember a nice catalog of stuff they used to have for sale.

08-15-2016, 10:16 PM
Reviving a 10 year old thread.
Great book. Great read for any and all skill levels. Found this "googling" not sure if its legality but......