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Casting Lead Bullets for an XDm 9mm?

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Old 01-22-2013, 09:05 PM   #11
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Awesome, thanks. Do you water drop?
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Old 01-22-2013, 09:07 PM   #12
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Yep. I use the 45-45-10 tumble lube found the recipe at castboolits website.
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Old 01-24-2013, 09:29 PM   #13
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Tons of great info guys! I'm definitely going to try some of those cast suppliers but my intent is to cast my own being as a lead supply has dropped in my lap. I guess the next problem is to sneak the cash passed the wife to get the goods! Maybe I can pull it off!

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Old 01-24-2013, 09:35 PM   #14
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Of all the "reloading" equipment you can buy casting equipment pays for itself faster than any. That's how I got it past the wife.

Furnace x dollars, molds x dollars, sizing lubing x dollars. I can cast X amount of bullets and all the equipment is paid for. Heck that how much I shoot in just a few months
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I guess my next question is, what brands of equipment do you prefer?

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I have a lee bottom pour pot, lee tumble lube sizers, and lee molds. On the cheap but they have worked for me. Been using them for several years. The 6 cavity mold allows me to cast several hundred bullets an hour.
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Lee doesn't make much I like, but I do think their 20# bottom pour pot is a bargain. Sure, it's not insulated but hey, it's 1/5 the cost of the RCBS or Lyman. It pours lead out of the bottom, the therm sort of works, a winner for sure. The Lee molds, very hit or miss. The 2cav designs are cheap, can make decent bullets & can also fall apart quickly. The 6cav is a better design, but like all things Lee, poor QC & mat'ls means hit or miss for quality. Get a good one, they work, get a poor one, they are crap. I have had to return two. Many will break the spru handle at least once in the molds life, cheap pot metla casting. I have a couple of machined spru plate handles that can not be broken & they are on my most used molds. They are cheap though & workable, a good bargain for the beginner bullet caster.
I lube & size in a press made for that. I prefer it to tumble or pan lubing, but many do fine just with that. Most of the time, you don't ned to size, just tumble lube. Sizing allows all bullets to be the same dia & when using mixed brass, this can sometimes matter. Like aga says, best bang for your reloading buck is casting IF you can get cheap or free alloy. That is getting tougher every year.
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