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Just curious. I've been wanting to give 'em a try. Favorite weight? 170 grainers?
 

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I am getting ready to make my cast bullet order and will be trying 180 gr for my XD and Ruger 40's.
I'd be interested in kowing how they work out. Nice thing about the XD vs. the Glocks is that you can shoot cast bullets safely because of the XD's conventional rifling. By the way, stay away from Magnus cast bullets - lots of surface (casting) defects. I bought a box of 500 200 gr. RN for my .45, never again.
 

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I was using 180 gr with bullseye, but I was still gettign a little leading. I then switched to Berry's plated case 155 and I have had great results and no leading and no smoke! Berry's claims you can load them to low to moderate fmj loads. I am running Berry's 155 with 5.3 of Win 231.
 

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I was using 180 gr with bullseye, but I was still gettign a little leading. I then switched to Berry's plated case 155 and I have had great results and no leading and no smoke! Berry's claims you can load them to low to moderate fmj loads. I am running Berry's 155 with 5.3 of Win 231.
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I get Berry's from Cabelas 165gr with 4.6gr Bullseye 180gr with 3.5gr Tightgroup.
 

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I have been using Bear Creek Moly, 180 Gr. Truncated for the last few months with good results. I am using a reduced power load of 3.8 grains of 231 with an OAL of 1.150 and an 18 pound spring . It shoots gently and the brass falls about 2 feet away. I will try this combo in IPSC Production next month. Good luck, Semper Fi
 

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Just curious. I've been wanting to give 'em a try. Favorite weight? 170 grainers?
They work just fine, I've shot about 1,000 through mine. Just be prepared to spend a lot of time cleaning. I've just loaded a few plated Rainiers and hopefully it won't take so damn long cleaning the bore.
 

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I use 160 grainers sold by a local bullet company, with 5 grains of Universal. Lead always tends to be a bit dirty but the bullets are cheap and I can always pick them up locally.
 

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i cast with lee TL401-175-SWC and i use lee liquid alox lube no leading
got 1000 rounds using 7gr of blue dot with on problems


i am in the middle of reloading 5000 rounds using 3.5gr of clays the one i test fired thay are very Accurate and low recoil
 

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Just came back from an intensive API course where three students fired a combined 1500 rounds of hard cast reloaded .40 ammo. The three
new XD-40's performed without a hitch.
 

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Well, just got my shipment of cast bullets from National Bullet Company, (they had a sale last weekend). These things are crap. I can't believe the casting flaws and mold lines on these bullets. I have cast bullets from Laser-Cast, Miester, Midway and some old Bull-X, and none look like this junk. I just sent them an e-mail asking them to address the problem, we'll see what happens.

I did find some 40 cal 180gr cast on my shelf so will try and load a few up this weekend and let you know how it goes.
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I concur that Magnus bullets (at least in 9mm) performed poorly. They were sized a bit small for 9mm (cast bullets in 9mm are best sized .3565). The Magnus was closer to .355 (which is OK for FMJ bullets).

I no longer use cast lead or swagged lead as I use an indoor range and the smoke and lead exposure is not worth it. I find Berry's and Ranier's plated bullets to be accurate and affordable (Cabelas has a maximum shipping per order of $13 so if you buy lots of bullets, it's inexpensive). Also, Zerobullets.com (go to the Roze distribution link) ships free....

I've read about Keadbullets.com for hard cast bullets and they are supposed to be cheap and good (they say their bullets are hard enough you can use them in Glocks). They are also inexpensive and shipping I think is a flat $8 per order....

Oh and Kead will sell you a trial package of I think 100 bullets for $4 shipped. I would definately try a few before buying 1000 or more bullets, but I am confident that Berry's or Rainer's will work fine for you....
 
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