StainLess Steel MediaTitan ReloadingInline FabricationGraf & Sons
Lee PrecisionRotoMetals2MidSouth Shooters SupplyWisconsin Trigger

Donate Now Goal amount for this year: 6000 USD, Received: 5345 USD (89%)
WE HAVE REACHED OUR GOAL! THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HELPED CONTRIBUTE AND KEEP US GOING!
Our Annual server fund drive is going on now! This donation drive helps fund Cast Boolits for an entire year, and helps support our 2nd amendment rights! You can donate by Paypal by clicking the DONATE button. Or by Cash / Check / MO to the address below:

Willy Snyder
PO Box 2732
Pocatello, ID 83206
****Due to overwhelming e-mails, I will be very slow in updating this list. Please bear with me!****


Results 1 to 14 of 14

Thread: Buckshot alloy

  1. #1
    Boolit Master
    white eagle's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    from the land of sky blue waters
    Posts
    4,321

    Buckshot alloy

    Curious as to which alloy for casting #4 buck
    would str8 lead be the choice or a harder alloy be more in line
    Hit em'hard
    hit em'often

  2. #2
    Boolit Master
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    Houston TX
    Posts
    577
    I use what ever lead I that will fill out the mold well. The mold is a Sharp Shooter Mold that cast both #4 and 00. The mold has to be very hot to work. I heat the mold with a bottle propane torch and use heavy welding gloves with this mold. A little tin helps with the mold fill out.
    I coat the shot with Hi-Tech coating after casting, the coating keeps lead out of the barrel.
    The lead is usually 92-6-2 allot since I have an Automated Master Caster to cast large volumes of common pistol bullets but some times I have another alloy in the Lee bottom pour pot used with the Sharp Shooter mold. A little hard lead seems to work best for the #4 buck shot.
    My grand son has a single shot 410 and I load 444 Marlin brass with the #4 buck shot for him to shoot.

  3. #3
    Boolit Master
    runfiverun's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    soda springs Id.
    Posts
    27,220
    1-1.5% antimony would be pretty close to what the factory's use.
    I just use ww/soft alloy and drop them on the table from about a foot up to break everything apart.
    it's all an educated guess,,,, till the trigger is pulled.

    this opinion brought to you by mister low-tech solution..

  4. #4
    Boolit Master



    jmort's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Color Me Gone
    Posts
    6,683
    Chilled shot is around 2% and Magnum Shot is 4 to 5%
    "Had his shooting been as good as his running, he might have given a better account of himself."
    James. C. Henderson

  5. #5
    Boolit Master
    375RUGER's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Location
    New Mexico
    Posts
    1,636
    range lead here.
    Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats. H.L. Mencken

  6. #6
    Boolit Master

    Moonie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    High Point North Carolina
    Posts
    4,123
    I use COWW and water drop my 00 out of my Lee mold. Makes them real hard.

  7. #7
    Boolit Master
    TXCOONDOG's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2016
    Location
    Texas
    Posts
    178
    I just cast 8 lbs of 00 using a SS 00/# 4 combo mold and my alloy is COWW.

    I also use 45-45-10 to lube them to prevent oxidation.

  8. #8
    Boolit Master
    Hogtamer's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2013
    Location
    East central GA, Appling near Augusta
    Posts
    1,803
    Hard is best, minimizes distortion of pellets. My best have been with this high antimony lead from a vendor here with a little buffer. Great stuff.
    http://castboolits.gunloads.com/show...shipping-12-10)
    Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance and the gospel of envy. Its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery. Winston Churchill

  9. #9
    Boolit Master 6pt-sika's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Central Virginia
    Posts
    3,794
    To each his own . I cast a bunch of 0000 and 00000 all water quenched WW's . They both patterned well enough for my needs and the 00000 certainly laid the smack down on the one deer i fired it at this past season .
    Go Manny Pacquiao !!!

    Double's , 6.5mm's , 444 Marlin , Sika Deer and my family in the Philippines

  10. #10
    Boolit Master
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Posts
    377
    My preference is a final product of roughly 16 BHN

    An alloy/BHN chart can be found here:

    http://www.lasc.us/CastBulletAlloy.htm
    Last edited by RMc; 03-12-2017 at 04:25 AM.

  11. #11
    Boolit Master
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Posts
    357
    I had a pot full of zinc contaminated wheel weights. Wouldn't cast bullets worth a darn , so I tried it on a Sharpshooter 00 buck mold. I worked pretty good. The cavities filled out well, and the pellets were very hard, and only about 1.5 gr lighter than pure lead. They patterned great. After shooting them through plywood and recovering them from the dirt bank, they were not deformed one bit. I definitely believe hard pellets are the way to go now.

  12. #12
    Boolit Master
    white eagle's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    from the land of sky blue waters
    Posts
    4,321
    may have to mix a bit of lino into the alloy
    like 50/50 lino ww water dropped
    Hit em'hard
    hit em'often

  13. #13
    Boolit Bub
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Posts
    46
    Quote Originally Posted by GBertolet View Post
    I had a pot full of zinc contaminated wheel weights. Wouldn't cast bullets worth a darn , so I tried it on a Sharpshooter 00 buck mold.
    I have some suspect lead I was given a while ago and might give it a try since I have enough fishing sinkers made to last for my future great-grandkids

  14. #14
    Boolit Master
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Iowa
    Posts
    1,470
    Quote Originally Posted by GBertolet View Post
    I had a pot full of zinc contaminated wheel weights. Wouldn't cast bullets worth a darn , so I tried it on a Sharpshooter 00 buck mold. I worked pretty good. The cavities filled out well, and the pellets were very hard, and only about 1.5 gr lighter than pure lead. They patterned great. After shooting them through plywood and recovering them from the dirt bank, they were not deformed one bit. I definitely believe hard pellets are the way to go now.
    You gave me an idea now what to do with the zinc i have , you would not have to worry about doing much to the shot then take it apart and take the rough edges off and go at it.
    Life Member of NRA,NTA,DAV ,ITA. Also member of FTA,CBA

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Abbreviations used in Reloading

BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
C Compressed Charge PR Primer SPCL Soft Point "Core-Lokt"
HP Hollow Point PSPCL Pointed Soft Point "Core Lokt" C.O.L. Cartridge Overall Length
PSP Pointed Soft Point Spz Spitzer Point SBT Spitzer Boat Tail
LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
GC Gas Check