From what I understand, and I couldn't be any newer at this, is that spitball (plinking) loads ought to use pure or very soft lead bullets while bear-gitters should use a hard lead... So I have a couple of questions:
Where (Fairbanks?) can I get lead for casting bullets? I'd like to make plinking loads (for a 500 S&W) as well as hard-cast serious big-boy loads for field carry.
Is there a source of info, a book, or a web site or three that you'd recommend for me to get started with? I need basic handgun reloading instructions (and I'll start with purchased bullets) but also want detailed information on lead, lead alloys v. purpose and chamber pressures (I think?), and detailed information on the whole casting, sizing, lubing, reloading process for lead. I'm happy to buy a book or three AND look at other sources if someone has some recommendations ...study is fine with me.
Thanks in advance,