I have a dozen Military Surplus Rifles - I am an Obsessive Compulsive MilSurp Rifle 'collector' who cannot control himself.
In order to keep the costs down, I decided a while back to cast bullets from Wheel Weights and save a Butt-Load of money.
I just don't find very much reloading data for cast bullets in my Reloading Manuals.
I have in my Reloading Manual collection now:
Modern Reloading 2nd Ed by Richard LEE
Lyman Reloading Handbook, 45th Ed.
Lyman Reloading Handbook, 49th Ed.
Lyman Cast Bullet Handbook, 3rd Ed.
I have looked on some of the Powder Manufacturer's web site
at their reloading data.
My question is this.....which Reloading Books are best to own for
reloading CAST BULLETS ?
Most reloading data is for Metal Jacketed bullets which I am told should never be used for Cast Bullets of equal grain size.
I have been surfing via Google looking for loads for my LEE Cast bullets, but those "data" are hear-say and suspect.
So - please inform me of where I can obtain reputable Cast Bullet powder loads.
On other forums, I have been told I am a fool for messing with cast bullets and should not experiment, to read reloading books until I barf and then don't do anything not written down somewhere in a Reloading Manual.
I don't want to blow up my rifle and my face by doing something stupid, yet I want to experiment with and shoot Cast Bullet Reloads.
I'm not afraid to experiment, but other forums (ParallaxBill's mostly) have made me somewhat afraid to try ANYTHING !
So - is/are there good CAST BULLET reloading manuals available besides what I have in the list above ?
I was going to visit several USED BOOK stores to see what I might find. I think most shooters hold onto any reloading books they have, however.
Any help would be appreciated.
PS - Where does the Reloading Data which appears in the various handbooks come from ?
They don't reference the original sources and so how can you be sure that their data isn't garbage ?
Just because it is in print doesn't mean it is fit to use (Like in the Newspapers these days!).