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    Boolit Mold Mike Duke's Avatar
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    Hello from a new forum member

    Hello everyone. Iím Mike, and itís finally time to start casting.
    I recently converted an old 11mm Gras Vickers Machinegun over to 45/70 and if I donít cast, this will be damned expensive. Iím looking foreword to this new experience. Although Iíve been a reloader for 20+ years, Iíve never cast.
    Thanks in advance for any help, and if I can help anyone please let me know.

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    Hi Mike,
    And welcome to CB! I own several .45-70s, and you are absolutely correct. If you don't cast and reload, it would be crazy expensive to shoot that marvelous old cartridge.
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    Welcome...sound like an interesting project.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Duke View Post
    Hello everyone. I’m Mike, and it’s finally time to start casting.
    I recently converted an old 11mm Gras Vickers Machinegun over to 45/70 and if I don’t cast, this will be damned expensive. I’m looking foreword to this new experience. Although I’ve been a reloader for 20+ years, I’ve never cast.
    Thanks in advance for any help, and if I can help anyone please let me know.
    Photos of the Vickers would be cool!

    Welcome to the Forum!
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    Welcome.

    I learned early on, casting is the only way I can afford to feed my .45-70 lever action.
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    It wasn't playing the blame game, finding fault, and complaining about every little thing that made America great.
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    Mike, looks like bullet casting for the 45/70 Vickers is definitely in your future. Loved the victory dance. Frank

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    Yup, that was a well deserved happy dance.
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    What level of loads ya using. I always wanted a gatlin gun in 45-70. That thing is awsome
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    Wow, that's a quick way to drop $20. Very cool. Yep, you'll find that those 400 and 500 grain boolits will add up too. That is the fastest way to drain a melting pot. Looks like great fun. Welcome to the board. By the way cool video's.

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    Nice thing about the .45-70 is you can go anywhere from mild to wild.

    Lead will add up if your running it through a Machine gun, best stock up on it.
    Welcome to the community. You should fit in well here.
    It was three things that made America great.
    It was God, guns, and guts. 3 things twice actually. We need to get back to our roots.

    Back to those 3 and the other big 3. The Declaration of Independence,
    The Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.

    Get GOD back in our lives and our country, find the courage of our convictions, or guts, and a willingness to stand up and fight for what we believe in. Guns.
    The other big 3 are our road map.

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    Welcome from Texas.......sounds like fun!

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    Welcome, keep us updated on your project.
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    Welcome to the addiction.

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    Welcome to this great site. You can dance and you have a super cool gun. Once you get your cast boolet to your satisfaction, you can really rock! I'm sure the good people here will be of help.

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    Welcome!

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    Welcome to CB

    I love shooting 45/70 but I HATE wasting/throwng away lead so I built a boolit trap to trap my 45/70 boolits.

    You will want to figure a way to recover your lead or find good sources of lead.

    with a 500 grain boolit you get 14 shot to the pound 340 grain -- 20 boolits per pound

    https://www.starlinebrass.com/45-70-govt-brass great price for new

    https://www.brassworldeshop.com/45-7...d100ctbag.aspx when in stock

    https://sagesreloadingsupply.com/ind...ry&path=60_150

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    Welcome Aboard! Feel free to ask questions, join in on others threads, ect. Oh yeah, we like pictures!

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    Now that`s what I call belt fed happiness.Welcome aboard Sir.
    Good luck.Have fun.Be safe.
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    welcome that sounds like a fun project

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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