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View Poll Results: How much to you cast/reload in a single session?

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  • I CAST less than 100 boolits at a time

    11 8.03%
  • I CAST between 100-500 boolits at a time

    68 49.64%
  • I CAST between 500-1000 boolits at a time

    39 28.47%
  • I CAST over 1000 boolits at a time

    20 14.60%
  • I RELOAD less than 100 rounds at a time

    27 19.71%
  • I RELOAD between 100-500 rounds at a time

    78 56.93%
  • I RELOAD between 500-1000 rounds at a time

    11 8.03%
  • I RELOAD over 1000 rounds at a time

    10 7.30%
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Thread: How much do you cast/reload in a single session?

  1. #41
    Boolit Man wolf3006's Avatar
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    Sep 2012
    Carrollton Ga.
    Arthritis will not let me cast a lot at a time. I cast for about thirty minutes wait a few hours cast some more get a few hundred a day.

  2. #42
    Casting I’ve often done over a thousand, but not much more. Sometimes less. It’s hard to stop when you get to the point of throwing really good ones. It’s either my wrist getting too tired or in the winter, my feet getting too cold. It depends too if I’m casting 140 grs or 500 grains.

    Reloading I déprime and clean etc. 100 to 200 at a time, but only reload 20 to 40 at a time because I am still working up cast boolit loads. I do five or ten different combinations of each and measure each charge to a tenth of a grain.

  3. #43
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    Sep 2010
    SW Florida
    I cast by the pot full, what ever I get from 20 lbs. I catch the hot sprue in my gloved hand and put it in the pot, until empty. As for reloading, test batches could be from 5-50. For production 200. I'm a single stage press guy and I have 5 loading blocks.
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  4. #44
    Boolit Man
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    May 2018
    Buena Vista GA
    as far as casting im never out of projectiles for anything we shoot so its just a matter of what mold I grab to cast for stock,loading numbers are according to plinking,hunting or defense rounds for hand guns and in rifles its whatever is need for hunting and target practice and is always the same load for each gun

  5. #45
    Boolit Master
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    Jul 2011
    Casting takes longer to set up, so I do as many as I can when I get a chance to do it. I usually go for 1,000 - 2,000 at a time. Reloading sessions are usually under a hour, 2 or 3 boxes at a time.

  6. #46
    Boolit Master Harter66's Avatar
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    Jan 2010
    90 miles North of Texarkana 9 miles from OK in the green hell
    My casting sessions vary widely . It's pretty easy to get into a groove with 4,5,6 cavity moulds with 60-150 gr bullets and pour 30+lbs and end up with a lot of bullets . On the other side of the road when the 45s come out with 1,2,3&6 cavity moulds running 265 in the 6 cavity and the others running 400-535 it's a pretty short trip to the bottom of the pot and the sprue heater pot doesn't even get close to keeping up even with a 10# lead going in . A long session with the singles is only about 70-80 keepers , I try to do 100 pours per mould/session . That , if things are flowing well , can be as high as 200 or as low as 50-60 . The 535s@3 , 250s and 265s at 5-6 are sucking up 4 pours per pound so I only get 40-50 pours per pot . Those 225-55s and the 37s a guy could pour for 2hr out of 20# , the 55s@62 gr including the sprue barely use up 1 405/45 worth of lead . And the 37s have more sprue than bullets .

    As to loading it's the same thing . I'll sit down one weekend and trim/anneal or size or whatever sometimes 4-500 at a go . If I have a load that I'm scaling every load for say hunting loads 40-50 is the rule with occasional runs of 80-100 if I'm planning on some sort of a friendly contest . Pistols or loads where I'm set up in a rigid tray or 2 where I can charge 25-50 at a time and then seat and box or just box the trays like 9mm 40 or 45 ACP 2-300 is a breeze . I will admit 1000 prep or 500 on a single makes a marathon weekend .
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  7. #47
    Boolit Master

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    Oct 2009
    Northern Michigan
    Cast is high volume as I do not hunt with cast and they are all pistol caliber bullets used for plinking and practice.

    Reloading can vary from 40 hunting rounds to over 2000 shotgun shells at a time. My max was 4000 12 ga in one session. Pistol calibers are 200-2000 at a time.
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  8. #48
    Boolit Master
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    May 2012
    Outside Rolla, Missouri
    20+years ago I was like a lot of you guys, several hundred bullets at a time and however much empty brass I had was my "session". These days I might cast 75 bullets and haven't loaded more than 40 at a sitting in a long time. However, I shoot a lot of German, Austrian and other obscure cartridges so I usually have to reform and turn the cases, consequently if I have 100 of one kind of case that is a bunch!! Mostly I have batches of 50 per rifle. The two exceptions are my Schuetzen rifle and my Bartles stalking rifle. I have a couple hundred for each of them but they were exceedingly easy to form from 30 WCF brass. All the others required jumping through a lot more hoops.
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  9. #49
    Boolit Master Texas by God's Avatar
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    It's too hot to cast right now where I live. I usually cast my year's supply of bullets on the one or two windy cold wet days we get in a normal winter.

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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