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  •  Cast bullets (7+ / 0-)

    Yes, casting your own will save a ton of money ... especially if you are lucky enough to find a good supply of lead.

    Personally, I buy cast lead for the .45 ACP. At the local gun show, I can get a box of 500 230 grain ball, (Berry's mfg), for about $55. That is a pretty reasonable price as far as I am concerned. I can also purchase a box of 500 230 grain moly-coated at the local pistol range for about $47, (Bear Creek ammo). That is even better.

    As to reduced loads, I have sent a ton of 110 grain cast lead carbine down range with my .30-06 using Trailboss powder. There is very little recoil, and I can pretty much shoot this stuff all day long.

    I would be all black and blue with regular standard hi-power jacketed .30-06 after only 50 rounds or so.

    No more gooper LITE!

    by krwada on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 10:17:11 AM PST

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    •  Trail Boss rocks for subsonic rifle rounds, iirc (7+ / 0-)

      the last I loaded was 10g under a 185g cast hard sized to 310 or so in the 30-06....Accurate and quieter than a 22...

      Mostly I use 2400 but both Red Dot and Unique work well also for a bit more velocity but still minimal recoil.....Ed Harris has done some excellent work on cast rifle loads and his universal loads really do work.

      I spent my working years in garages as did pops so I have a quite decent stash of wheel weights which work great and can be hard or soft, water drop to quench and wait a week and you are about 22 brinell, air cool for 7-12.  

      Plus molten metal is just fun to work with.... If I had to buy my lead I would probably just buy the bullets except for a few special projectiles I really like and are hard to get like the Keith style wadcutters.....

      Vaya con Dios Don Alejo
      I want to die a slave to principles. Not to men.
      Emiliano Zapata

      by buddabelly on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 10:48:07 AM PST

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