Author Topic: Cast some .45 and .58 airgun ammo today  (Read 561 times)

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Cast some .45 and .58 airgun ammo today
« on: February 11, 2018, 05:08:42 PM »
Cast a bunch of .45 (.457) and .58 (.575) for the 909s and the two DAQs.

Had the best luck with the Accurate mold for 2 x .58 and 1x . 45. These are similar to the EPP UG.

Cast some hollow point .45 using a Noe 4 x .45 mold. Had a bunch of wonky bullets, but that may have been because the temperature outside where I was casting got a bit chilly.

Also cast some .58 Minie Bullets using a Lyman mold. Never did get a great bullet out out of that. It has a hollow base so we’ll see if either DAQ likes them.

Cast a few .58 round balls to get warmed up. I now realize why folks pay for the quality of an Accurate or Noe mold. The Lee round ball mold is light weight compared.

I’m short two handles! Pain to change them out in the middle of casting, so I reckon I’ll be looking for a couple.

Overall I think the casting was a success and I had fun.
« Last Edit: February 11, 2018, 07:36:07 PM by steveoh »


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Re: Cast some .45 and .58 airgun ammo today
« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2018, 07:18:35 PM »
Are you planning on blasting those mice into Nevada or what?

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Re: Cast some .45 and .58 airgun ammo today
« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2018, 04:04:19 AM »
I am NOT a casting expert, but a few of those appear to be poured a bit cold. Or are they smoother than they look?

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Re: Cast some .45 and .58 airgun ammo today
« Reply #3 on: February 12, 2018, 09:42:59 AM »
I am NOT a casting expert, but a few of those appear to be poured a bit cold. Or are they smoother than they look?

This is exactly my second time casting bullets, so I am anything but an expert. I'm more like a rank amateur. :)

My lead pot is just about maxed out in temperature setting. I will admit to not knowing what the lead temperature is, though I do have a thermometer ready to stuff batteries in.

The Minies were pretty rough. Remelted a ton of them. I'd dip the mold in the lead trying to keep it hot, but I don't think it worked. The wind was hooting, and getting chilly, and I'm sure the lead was cooling as it was pouring. Summer will be better for casting outside. Inside? Nope. Don't want lead and other stuff fumes floating around.
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Re: Cast some .45 and .58 airgun ammo today
« Reply #4 on: February 12, 2018, 09:51:37 AM »
As I said, I'm no expert. When I used to do a lot of it, I had a temperature controlled mold heater (nothing more than a fancy hotplate), and that helped a lot. The lead pot was temperature controlled too. The one thing I always had some issues with were hollows. That's temperature related too.

I see commercial cast bullets, that almost look machined. How they get them that good I don't know. Of course, there is swaging, but that is when things get really expensive.
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