Commercial cast bullet quality can be lacking...
I don't have the time, equipment, or the inclination to cast my own bullets so I purchase them online.
The first place I ordered from was Meister's because they offered 100 round sample packs, which I think is a nice number to see if the quality is good and that particular cast works well in your load. While I had a horrible time with 200 grn SWCs (Gun issue, not bullet) my next sample of 230 RNs worked like a champ. I also ordered a sample of 93 grn RNs for my 9mm Mak and they worked well also. I then ordered 500 rds of the Mak bullets to support my habit. Although all the orders came loose packed in plastic bags versus boxed, the bag was packaged well and I found zero defective bullets
I just received 500 rounds of .45 ACP 230 grn RN bullets from another company (un-named) whose website touted its "highest" quality castings. Lots of championships won using its bullets, yada-yada. I was a bit leary at first because the site mentioned up to 5-6 weeks waiting period, more or less said it will produce the bullets when it gets around to it, but the price was within a couple of bucks of Meister's and I was in no rush. I believe in trying different products so I can see for myself what's good and what's not. After I placed the order, another page popped up mentioning (warning?) of a $25 fee for credit card challenges?
Unfortunately, the company does not offer sample packs of any size. Big mistake on my part. Almost all of the bullets have a casting crease across the nose, evidently from mis-aligned dies. Many have swirls from poor casting or gaps in the lube, which is smeared all over the bullets, unlike those from Meister's with 99% of the lube only in the grooves. It appears as though the casting/lubing equipment used by this company is not up to speed.
Long story short (I know, too late), if you're like me and just getting into cast bullet shooting and buying the bullets, I recommend looking for companies that offer sample packs. I have found several (100 seems to be the usual size and is cheap enough to throw away), but some only offer 100 rn sample in conjunction with large orders (huh?).
It's far too much hassle to try to return 500 rds of lead bullets, but I will email the company and present my opinion of its product.
To the company's credit... an update
As mentioned earlier, I emailed the company in question and received a prompt reply from the president essentially saying he didn't know what happened to that batch but would would personally check the equipment and send me a replacement order.:smile:
Fair enough for me. I believe in second chances when someone offers to make good on a mistake, so I eagerly await the replacements. The lube was not so much of a concern as the dies lines and swirls. Could have been an "off" day at the plant (temp or flow off). Maybe I got one of those Monday/Friday batches. We'll see what happens. Till then...