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    I made up some bullets

    I got busy and made up 1400 bullets. These are 460 grain Lee 500 S&W bullet. I paper patch them and size them for my rifles.
    I had a few friends that wanted some so I made a big batch. I added a 380 ACP round for size comparison. They are weighed +- 1 grain. They are hardened to 6.5 BHN. I separated them into lots so I can re test for hardness in about a month.




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    Do you need a rifle for those or can you just throw those huge things?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom W. View Post
    Do you need a rifle for those or can you just throw those huge things?
    I go to high spots and drop the bullets on them.

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    Nice looking bullets. Merry Christmas Ron & thanks again for getting me into paper patching.
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    Ron you have been busy making your "medicine ball boolits". Lots of potential meat for the freezer in those buckets! Nice job and I look forward to hearing the stories about the many hunts and game that they bring to the pot.
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    Wow that’s bout 92 # of big boolits.

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    Just curious what rifle shoots them?

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    Nice batch Ron.

    I am still searching for some soft lead to make some for myself. Thanks to your lessons I am still shooting the BACO 450gn PP bullet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beechbum444 View Post
    Just curious what rifle shoots them?
    This rifle was the one I started out shooting them in.




    I also shoot them in this one.



    And this one.


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    Ron, where do you find the soft lead? All I can find around here are wheel weights.

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    Stick on wheel waights are commonly soft lead

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    God **** that is an absolute unit of a bullet.
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    The biggest I ever made were 400 gr. when I had a .480 Ruger.....And they will drain a 20 lb. pot in short order, even if it was a single cavity mold!
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    Ron,

    I assume all of the rifles you shoot those wonderful slugs in have fast twist barrels?

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    Quote Originally Posted by taco650 View Post
    Ron,

    I assume all of the rifles you shoot those wonderful slugs in have fast twist barrels?

    Yes all my 50's have 1-28 twist, green mountain stainless steel barrels.

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    When did you acquire a "460 gr." mold? I only see a 440 from Lee.
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    When pouring pure lead the Lee mold comes out closer to 460 gr. At least mine does.

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    Quote Originally Posted by charlie b View Post
    When pouring pure lead the Lee mold comes out closer to 460 gr. At least mine does.
    Gotcha, btw those bullets look better than mine!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cast_outlaw View Post
    Stick on wheel waights are commonly soft lead
    Most of the stick on wheel weights that I can find are zinc.

    Still looking for pure or nearly pure lead.

    PS ron, I saw in your sticky thread you get yours from Rotometal. Thanks.

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    Charlie is right. The 440 gr Lee bullet comes out at 458 to 460 grains depending on the alloy or lack of it. I like to use a pinch of lead shot to increase the hardness to .038-.040 or so on my Cabine tree hardness tester. That is about 6 to 7 BHN.
    And yes I get my lead from Rotometals.

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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
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