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I just got finished casting some 175gr TC 40cal bullets using my 2 new LEE 6-C molds. Since the bullets and molds are still hot (and it feels good to finally sit down), I am starting this thread. In a little while I will go take a picture to show you guys.

Since it is not looking to good for the Carbine match tomorrow, I decided to cast some 40cal bullets to feed my new XD-40 Tactical. Started a little after 6 PM and finished a little before 10 PM with a 30 minute break for supper. I ran 2 pots at about 19# each. My RCBS Pro-Melt pot will hold 22# and I started with it almost overflowing..... :)

Where I normally cast using 75-85% WWs and 25-15% Linotype, tonight I cast with 18# of WWs and 1# of 50/50 solder. At first the bullets were not filling out very well, but this was due to the mold reaching temperature and burning off some oils. Once they were "seasoned" both molds cast great. It has been MANY years since I have run 2 gang molds at the same time. MAN, there is no time to rest..... But those two 6-cavity molds do crank out the bullets.

OK, let me go check on the bullets and molds................................. And do some weighing and calculations.



And we now have this.................... :)



35# 6oz of bullets..... Not quite as much as I thought. After weighing a sample of 12 bullets, I came up with this.....

Low - 177.2gr
High - 179.0gr
Avg. - 177.9gr

Therefore..... 35# 6oz total and 177.9gr each equals about 1392 bullets. That ought to keep me in 40 S&W ammo for a "few weeks".... :)




A close up of the 175gr TC 40cal bullets............ Still a little warm..... :)


Hey Neck, these bullets were air cooled, not dropped in cold water. Some of the first bullets got a little frosty, then I started cooling the molds after each pour. Thus...... SHINEY BULLETS..... :)

On another subject..... bubba-t and I are working on a table project for Magnolia and MSGO. 2 table for bullet casting and sizing. Once completed and delivered, we MSGO bullet casters (and others) can plan a day at the range to share notes. We can also do some lead smelting.

Well I guess my next step is to setup the Star lube/sizer to make these bullets .401" in diameter and add some pretty blue lube to them.....

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Good job there SGF -- about 1300 boolits there -- a couple weeks, MAYBE!!

I really like that boolit .. it is the only .40 cal mould that I have and shoots pretty well ... WW+50/50 will do the trick ... alot cheaper than lino (if you have to buy it!!).

What type lube you gonna put in 'em?
 

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Man I like those

:bow:

would love to get with you guys and have a "melt and pour"

I bet those 6 holers give ya a work out
 

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Hey Sub,

#1 Is the casting table gonna be a permanent fixture at Magnolia Rifle and Pistol now?

#2. Please explain why you air cool in a box vs water dropping.....pros and cons etc

Think I'll go make some ingots...Got the fever again :lol3:
 

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well it was such a pretty day...poured up 100 lbs of Lino ingots and made about 200 44 Mag's out of "free" range lead...

Time to relax...before re-sizing them bad boys

Thx for the inspiration Subgunfan...I was just gonna lay on the couch today and eat tater chips :lol4:
 
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