Titan ReloadingRotoMetals2Graf & SonsADvertise here
Lee PrecisionMidSouth Shooters SupplyStainLess Steel MediaInline Fabrication

Donate Now Goal amount for this year: 6000 USD, Received: 4840 USD (81%)
We have reached our goal! Thanks to all who donated! I will be updating the donation bar in the next few days!
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 17 of 17

Thread: FINALLY took the plung!!

  1. #1
    Boolit Master Mauser48's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2014

    FINALLY took the plung!!

    Been here for about 3 years now and have been reloading for almost 4. I finally placed an order on midway for casting stuff! I got a Lee 20lb magnum melter, a Lyman ladle, a Lee 358 diameter 158 grain swc tumble lube 2 cavity mold, and some liquid alox. Can't wait to roll my own. Now I can make EXACTLY what I want. Once I get comfortable with this I'll start doing shotgun slugs. I have about 20lbs of lead shot from an old diving belt and about 5 or so pounds of some old commercial cast bullets I'll never shoot. Looking forward to casting with you all and getting deeper into the reloading hobby!
    Currently loading 223, 257 roberts, 25-06, 30-06, 8mm mauser, 7.5x55 swiss, 7.62x54r, 40 s&w, 38 special, and 12 gauge.

    Enjoy shooting and collecting milsurps!

  2. #2
    Boolit Master tazman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2014
    west central Illinois
    Welcome to the site and good luck on your first time casting.

  3. #3
    Boolit Master
    Join Date
    Dec 2014
    UPSTATE new york
    Very Nice - I would suggest you wash the shot first as it is generally coated with graphite. Graphite is a thermal barrier and adds a hurdle in the casting process.

  4. #4
    Boolit Master

    Walter Laich's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Cypress, Republic of Texas
    welcome to the fun

    be sure to let us know any questions that come up; we may not know the answer to all of them but we sure do know a bunch
    NRA Life
    USPSA L1314
    SASS Life 48747
    RVN War Games, 2nd Place

  5. #5
    Boolit Master
    Join Date
    Nov 2015
    Welcome, you are pretty well hooked now-- I don't think you will regret it. At some point look into powder coating. If you have any questions do what Walter said--ask. Most of guys here have learned a lot of lessons the hard way, no sense in you having to learn the hard way when you have so many that will be more than willing to help you out! Have fun, take good notes and be careful!

  6. #6
    Boolit Master Reddirt62's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2017
    Oklahoma City
    Welcome! Once you fire up that pot... you're done! 8)

    Sent from my SM-N920V using Tapatalk

  7. #7
    Boolit Master claude's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2014
    very South West Oregon
    and about 5 or so pounds of some old commercial cast bullets I'll never shoot.
    Good evening, FWIW, if those bullets are lubed, boil them in an old coffee can or something like that to get the lube off them. I only say that because I dumped a quantity of lubed, cast bullets straight into my lee bottom pour and it made a sizable mess, and created a pretty good stink even with the fan going.

    If you boil them the old lube floats to the top of the water and can be discarded after things cool down. Be sure to thoroughly dry the bullets before trying to melt them.

  8. #8
    Boolit Master LAH's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    In The Hardwoods
    Casting is a blast, enjoy.
    Joshua 1:9

  9. #9
    Boolit Master

    Buzz64's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Topeka, Kansas
    Welcome to the dark side!

  10. #10
    Boolit Master

    Bookworm's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2016
    Central Oklahoma, on a dirt road.
    I reloaded for over 25 years before I tried casting. Now I wonder why I waited so long.

    I'll never go back.
    "Varium et mutabile semper femina." - Virgil
    Man, ain't it the truth....

  11. #11

    Join Date
    Jun 2013
    This is a deep rabbit hole with no end. Welcome to the club.

  12. #12
    Boolit Master

    Prodigal Son's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Welcome you'll like it here!
    Semper Fidelis, to God, Country and Corps!

  13. #13
    Boolit Master daloper's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2016
    Sparta Michigan
    Yes he has fallen down the deep rabbit hole. Welcome aboard.

  14. #14
    Boolit Master
    Join Date
    May 2014
    Some day I'll start saving money too.

  15. #15
    Boolit Master
    Tom W.'s Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Phenix City, Alabama
    Sure we will....... I've been trying to save money since 1975.....…
    μολὼν λαβέ

    Adults are just children with much better toys..

  16. #16
    I started casting as soon as i bought my first revolver GP100 champion which is my first centerfire handgun. A friend of mine gave me 800 pcs of brass he saved up. I am very happy I took plunge. This week I casted over 2000 bullets over couple days, if i bought same bullets lets say 10 cents a piece it would cost me $200, but i only paid about $20 in lead. Bottom pour pot and 6 cavity mold is way to go. You can cast about 1000 per hour. I build PID controller cheaply it runs spot on with thermometer from NOE. Also for the first time ever with Lee TL 356 mold i casted with no rejects.

    Sent from my SM-G950U1 using Tapatalk

  17. #17
    Boolit Master Drew P's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2015
    NW USA
    I reluctant,y started casting, not really wanting to, but wanted the savings for my high volume pistols. Well, as soon as I started I realized I was having flashbacks to being a kid playing with solder and melting metal in dads shop. You know what? It’s still fun! In fact, I like casting a lot and I find that I’m producing way more bullets than I can shoot.

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