My ignorance will be blaring out in this post I'm sure, but I would like to make sure my choices are correct before spending the money.
First a bit of history. What I'm shooting is a Star M-43 Firestar 9mm pistol that I've had for almost 20 years now. I bought it new in '91 while serving in the Marines down at Camp Pendleton. I've always fed it 115 Grs. FMJ. I'm not sure where the information came from, probably the shop I bought it from, but I believe that I can only run ball ammo since the load ramp is so steep and short. I'm to cheap to go buy a box of hollow point ammo just to test it and find out I can't shoot it in anything that I own. If someone has info on what else this pistol can shoot, please chime in.
I also have a Marlin 30-30 lever action that I plan on shooting out at the range a lot more that I've had almost 20 years as well. I plan on reloading for the 30-30. I got in on the group buy for the re-run of the 311-165gr GCRF (2 GC, 2 plain so I can go either way).
I plan on casting my own .454 round balls for my .44 black powder revolvers when my current supply runs out. Since I'm going to cast both .454 and 30-30, I might as well cast for the 9mm. There are a few areas where I'm a bit fuzzy.
The only thing I find in a Lee mold that is comparable is 356-125-2R. That is 125 Grs, not the 115 Grs that I've been shooting, tho the profile of the round is the same as the PMC's I've been using. I just miked my bore on the 9mm, and I come up with a .357 major diameter with .349 rifling. The rounds I've been shooting mike in at .355, so I'm guessing the .356 mold would be acceptable.
My plan is to pick up a single stage press and dies for both the 30-30 and the 9mm, and go from there. My shooting is limited to once a week, so I have the time to spare to use a single stage and save some $$. I'll probably go with Lee, or possibly RCBS. It seems that people like the Unique powder for pistols, and 3031 seems to work well for the 30-30, so those are on my list to try out first. I'm open to different loads and powders. If I can run the same powder in both, then all the better. Are all brass shells re loadable in 30-30 and 9mm? I've been told that I can't use the aluminum or steel casings again.
I have some pure lead that just came in today, and some 63/37 tin/lead to stiffen it up a bit if needed I don't have any antimony tho. If need be, I will spend the money to by the Lyman #2 from Rotometals just to make sure I have a decent alloy to work from. I'm assuming that the #2 will work well for both the 9mm and the 30-30. Ohh, and wheel weights are about out of the question around here, I bask in the political correctness that is California.
Since my main concern is with the 9mm mold, and the associated metals, I figured this is the best place to post up. Not really sure where the questions are back there, but there's lots of em buried in this post. I'm open to advise, helpful nudges, stories, DON'T DO THAT!s and what not.