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March 08, 2007, 21:23
My neighbor has asked me to find a source for cast bullets for his 41mag. He is looking for 170s mostly, but would be interested in trying some heavier ones as well.
If not, I may have to take on casting another caliber, but not sure if he shoots enough to justify moulds, sizing dies, etc.
March 08, 2007, 22:24
Midway has a bunch, but 170 is awful light. I used to load 210s but now cast my own in a 220 gr lyman mould. If you have to buy a mould look on ebay, they usually have a few and the 41's dont usually have high prices.
March 08, 2007, 23:33
Midway is one catalog I don't get anymore, so I will pass along the info. He told me the weight, I have no idea what is typical in this caliber. I shoot 155s and 230s in 45acp, so I had no input on his choice. Maybe he has had good luck with this in his gun.
If needed I will check ebay. :whiskey:
March 09, 2007, 12:48
There is a company called "Western Nevada Bullets" that shows up at the gun shows here in the western states. I find no website however. They always have a large selection of cast and copper coated projectiles. Have your friend look up the business and give them a call. I have found the quality to be excellent.
I've been shooting Penn bullets for years and they can't be beat.
March 10, 2007, 17:43
Depending on what load he's shooting "commercial" cast bullets may not be the perfect choice.
If he's not pushing them hard enough, the common hard cast commercial bullets will lead the bore quite easily as they are not soft enough to swage out under pressure of firing and gas cutting of the base band will occur causing leading.
Myself I picked up a better than decent LEE mould, the 215gr Tumblelube style, it doesn't require sizing and has a severely wide meplat. An altogether excellent bullet for the .41Mag and targets and hunting. It casts nicely with just plain wheelweights.
If you let them air cool they're soft, if you drop them directly into a bucket of water they quench harden from around a 12 brinnell to a 16-18 brinnell hardness (last time I checked).
Plus the mould only cost me the price of a box of commercial cast bullets and will last a whole lot longer. Now if I could just get the same mould in iron....
But if you're still looking for commercial bullets,
look up Laser Cast or Mid-Kansas as well as Buffalo Bore. They're all excellent.
March 10, 2007, 18:19
Thanks for all the info so far. He left to ride his BMW in the mountains for the weekend.
He told me he sold all his casting stuff some time back, so for him he will have to set it all up again. Bullets will cost him far more than just a mould. If he wants ME to cast, we will have to work that out.
We are both very familiar with hardcast commercial, etc. And casting in general.
I prefer to cast mine fairly soft, but I don't push the velocities. I don't know what he is doing.
March 10, 2007, 21:20
200 and heavier are all I shoot in my .41's at least as far as cast is comcerned.
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