I've had it with lead bullets!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Majorlk View Post
    Leading is caused by two conditions: too soft bullets and too fast velocity - or a combination of the two.

    Hard cast (and properly lubricated) bullets and moderate velocities (1,000 fps) reduce leading problems to not much more of a problem than removing the copper fouling from jacketed bullets.

    I've been shooting them for years and never spend more time cleaning the barrels than I did with jacketed rounds. Proper cleaning methods help, too.
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    I think it's been kind of touched on, but actual bullet diameter is a major factor. Most leading occurs when expanding gasses blast past the bullet and melt and smear the hot lead to the inside of the barrel. This occurs when the bullet is too small a diameter and cannot fully seal the hot gasses behind it.

    So, yes, too HARD a lead will not allow the bullet to fully obturate (expand at the back) and seal gasses. It will also not fully deform in the barrel to seal all the nooks and crannies (i.e. grooves) in the barrel. A softer lead will deform/conform easier.

    Hard cast bullets are great for higher velocities (like magnums for instance) where it needs to be hard enough to stand up to the higher pressures and speeds.

    I notice in my 1911's that if I use .452" diameter bullets, it's just dandy. Hardly no leading at all. .451's are ok. With .450's, leading and tumbling bullets within 2 magazines!

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    I average shooting about 500 rds of lead bullets a month out of a .45 ACP and a .40 S&W.

    I can't remember when I have any leading problems.

    My G35 with an after market Storm Lake barrel gets cleaned about every 3 months, not lazy, that how often it needs it, (1500 rds) and it never takes over a couple of minutes as 99.9% is powder residue. A couple of swipes with a bronze bore brush and the barrel is good to go.

    I am casting my own out of wheel weights and 2% tin- water cooled.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beans View Post
    I average shooting about 500 rds of lead bullets a month out of a .45 ACP and a .40 S&W.

    I can't remember when I have any leading problems.

    My G35 with an after market Storm Lake barrel gets cleaned about every 3 months, not lazy, that how often it needs it, (1500 rds) and it never takes over a couple of minutes as 99.9% is powder residue. A couple of swipes with a bronze bore brush and the barrel is good to go.

    I am casting my own out of wheel weights and 2% tin- water cooled.
    Where are you getting your tin at? Or are you using solder?

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    I shot nothing but hard cast round nose from Dillon in my S&W 5904. I'd always finish with 1 mag of copper jacket immediately after finishing up the lead rounds. Never had a hard time cleaning my barrel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mauser1959 View Post
    Where are you getting your tin at? Or are you using solder?


    I am buying solder off of Ebay, It is the cheapest I have found so far.

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    I'd always finish with 1 mag of copper jacket immediately after finishing up the lead rounds.
    Generally, Be cautions if you're going to emulate this. Special if your pistol has a polygonal barrel. There are those - some factory trained - that say shooting jacketed after lead in some polygonal barrels can be a problem. Enough to the point of causing damage and/or injury.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zotter View Post
    Generally, Be cautions if you're going to emulate this. Special if your pistol has a polygonal barrel. There are those - some factory trained - that say shooting jacketed after lead in some polygonal barrels can be a problem. Enough to the point of causing damage and/or injury.

    I shoot these in 9mm roundnose.

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    My 9mm is a S&W 5904 so I'm O.K.
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    lead is gross. i always used Berry's plated bullets as well
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    Hi folks. I just found this site and must say there is some great information being passed around here. Glad I found it.

    In reading through this thread, I have found myself with mixed feelings about the sentiment portrayed by some concerning cast bullets. I have been shooting them for over 30 years and have had very good luck with them. Although I agree with most of what has been said about causes of leading, there are a couple other things that contribute to leading of barrels as much as, if not more so, than what has already been discussed.

    I have found that a properly fitting cast bullet can be pushed to magnum velocities with very soft lead. Bore diameters vary from manufacturer to manufacturer and from gun to gun. In .357 revolvers, I have found diameters ranging from .357 to over .3595. Although that doesn't sound like a lot of difference in size, shooting a bullet sized to .358 in a bore that measures .359 will cause great amounts of leading no matter how hard your alloy is or how fast you are shooting it. I have seen pure lead shot (without a gas check) to over 1100 fps with no leading. I have also seen linotype shot at 850 fps with severe leading. The best thing to do is to slug your barrel to find exact diameters. Then, size your cast bullets .001 to .0015 over that dimension.

    The other cause I have heard about (but not personally witnessed) is a rough barrel or a constricted barrel. A little lapping will usually correct this situation.

    I hope this information helps some of you to be able to pinpoint the exact cause of any leading you may be getting. It has virtually eliminated any leading I have ever experienced and has greatly increased my shooting enjoyment.

    Sorry for the long-winded post. Just trying to be helpful.

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    I generally use a 1050 fps M/V copper bore brush at the end of the day to kepp the leading down. Save a mag of FMJ for the end of the day to reduce lead in the barrel.

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    ..I have been casting my own bullets for 25 years now....it's kinda hard to pay for bullets when I know I can make them myself!!

    ..like others said....prep your barrel first....slow the loads down.....I use Wipe Out Bore Cleaner....

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    yep. barrys for me all the way!
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