Hello, everyone. I see there has been quite alot of interest in reloading the .22 L.R. case with black powder & cast-lead bullets...see www.openrange.com. It seems the Cowboy shooters want an authentic smoky small-bore! Yesterday, I took a Lapua round, inserted the bullet in a .224 Lyman sizing die & gently started bending case outwards while turning said case..I wanted to pull bullet with least amount of deformation. While I had done this as a kid with pliers, I was amazed at the high quality of this little lead bullet! All radius & edges very crisp and sharp..neat, precise knurles for lube. The "heel" base was nearly a sphere..with cup in bottom. I was wondering how difficult it would be to make a swage die to reproduce this bullet? They would not be crimped in case..as original .22 rifle loads were not. What is suprising is that spherical cupped base..I realize it is nearly pure lead..but were only talking 1.1gr. of powder..yet that base obturates perfect..with only faint line showing what was once crimp. What do you guys think? Have I been sniffing too much Hoppe's?