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    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,
    Brian

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    Check with the local tire shops. Some will give or sell you used wheel weights, which make fine bullets. With the price of lead, it is getting harder to find shops that will give it to you for free, but the worst they can tell you is no. I had to go to about 15 tire shops in Anchorage before I found one that you give it away, but they gave me about 100 lbs, so just keep asking.


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    Check out any of the several PB books from Lyman including the CAST BULLET HANDBOOK. A real jem of a book if it's still out there is JACKETED PERFORMANCE WITH CAST BULLETS by Veral Smith. Smith was out of circulation for awhile, but I heard he was back in business.

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    http://www.lasc.us/CastBulletNotes.htm http://www.theantimonyman.com/?CFID=...TOKEN=67241899
    http://www.castingstuff.com/

    give these websites a try for bullet casting supplies and information. In my opinion wheel weights will serve for nearly all you will ever need. buy a couple of bars of tin from http://www.midwayusa.com/ and mix in about 2% with your wheel weights and you should be good to go.

    I feel obligated to tell you, that if you are wanting to cast bullets to SAVE money, that's fine. But you are going to have to shoot a lot to recoupe the expense of your equipment. Now, if you are wanting a new and fun hobbie.............then GREAT! you just found one!

    Enjoy!
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    My goals are both ...save money and have a fun hobby. Cor-Bon wants most of $50 for 15 rounds of hard-cast, and I think Buffalo Bore wants most of $50 for 20 rounds. Reloading CANNOT be that expensive, equipment or not. I'll price it out, but I'll be doing it anyway. I already own an RCBS Supreme Rockchucker kit that I got on a super sale for about $200 a long time ago ...and have never opened. That's going to change this winter. I've already built a nice reloading bench out in the garage/shop just for this purpose.

    Thanks for the hints everybody! I'll start diggin' in...

    Brian

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    I'm sure you'll love it as a hobby. Go slow and keep good records.

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    Thanks. Will do. I'm going to start out with purchased bullets and moderate power loads (not high or low.) Got the Cast Bullet Handbook coming and have been reading up on the web sites. Need the reloading books still...

    Brian

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