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    Hi All ,

    Hi All
    Thanks for the add and Iím new to casting so sorry for all the stupid questions coming your way, hope to learn how to cast for my Marlin 336 in 30/30 and make new friends around the world!
    Cheers Max

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    Welcome to Castboolits.Gunloads forum!

    Lots of info & experience here!
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    Welcome you will find a lot of good info on this site.

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    Hi Max and welcome aboard. A lot of answers can probably be found with the search feature here and if not someone will have the answer for you.
    Looking forward to your posts in the future.

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    Welcome to Cast Boolits, feel free to ask us your questions. We'll try to help any way we can.

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    Welcome to CB Max66

    Here are a few things I put together to help you get going

    . If you decided to start casting to save money, forget it. You won't, you'll just shoot more.
    Casting boolits (lead bullets) properly is a science, once you know the basics, not a hard science.
    There is a lot of good information on CB. The Google search (top right of every forum page) is a gateway to all the knowledge on this forum. IF you can’t find your answer there ask the question (Please be as detailed as possible, pictures help I would be very surprised if there wasn’t someone on this forum that could answer ANY (firearm related) question you might have)
    1. Boolits need to be cast .0005 to .003 (normally .002) over the slugged diameter of your barrel for accuracy and to avoid leading. If the fit is wrong nothing else will work right.
    a. slugging a barrel (it is safer to use a brass rod or a steel rod with a couple of coats of tape to avoid damaging your barrel
    b. chamber casting
    or pound casting
    2. the right alloy needs to be used for the velocity and purpose of the boolit (don’t fall into the trap of going with too hard an alloy
    Economical way to easily test lead hardness

    Some alloys harden over time
    different alloy’s different end hardnesses

    Lead alloy calculator
    3. velocity the bullet needs to be pushed hard/fast enough to get the proper spin, have the proper velocity to accurately reach the target but not so hard as to be dangerous or strip the lead off in the grooves instead of spinning the boolit..
    The boolit needs to be the right weight for the riffling/twist rate of your barrel
    Powders range from fast to slow, you need to choose the right powder for your barrel length & application.
    Loading manuals list the best powders for certain calibers and boolit weights.
    NEVER use any posted noncommercial load data without first checking commercial load data to see if falls in the safe parameter for your firearm!! There are several firearms out there that can handle much higher pressures than others!!
    Link to free online load data


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    welcome to cast boolits

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    I have cast projectiles for 38 years before I came here.
    I learned two things right off the bat.
    1) I did not know as much as I thought I did about casting, I'm learning things all the time.
    2) I quickly learn that in all those years of casting bullets, that they were not bullets at all, what I had been casting were instead boolits.
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    Welcome aboard.

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    Most of us have been doing this for quite some time...but never too long to learn something new. Enjoy your new addiction.


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    Welcome! We are all here to learn and share what we have learned. You can find answers to most of your questions by reading the stickies. You will find answers to questions you didn't know you had in there.
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    You're in trouble now. Welcome to the addiction.

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    name, specifically, into the message, it IS NOT ABOUT YOU.

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    Welcome. Every addict loves company, that goes for us too. If you are like me and started casting to save money you will find that does not happen. On the positive side you will shoot more and have a hobby that will give you a lot of satisfaction. "Stickes" are your friends, they contain a wealth of knowledge and are easily accessed using the search function. Again welcome aboard and enjoy the ride!

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    Welcome. Great information and great people here.
    God Bless, Whisler

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    Welcome aboard! This place is full of enablers and addicts, be warned.
    "Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same......." - Ronald Reagan

    "It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather, we should thank God that such men lived." - George Patton

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    Welcome aboard and welcome to the madness. I lurked here for a year or more before joining, I read a whole lot.

    I have been casting for 40 + years and discovered that there were a bunch of stuff my mentor taught me was a bit of bohunk.
    I learned some better techniques and some things about alloys that didn't really matter (stuff from my mentor) and things that make
    the casting easier. One of the best bits of advice I learned over the last few years is that FIT IS KING all else is secondary.

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    I too have been casting for 30 years but just joined the site a couple of months ago. Lot of good information and interesting stories here

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    Welcome to the forum! I’ve been casting for 30+ years and as time goes by I realize how little I know and how much more there is to learn. Ask questions, there is a lot of knowledge on this forum and it is freely ,and in a friendly fashion , given. Tim

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    Welcome from Louisiana.

    Don't worry about asking some point in time we were all beginners !

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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