monkeyboy4746: Excuse me, I believe you have my railroad track, you took it off my desk
when I was not looking.
Patrick Slevin: Back in the late 70's I cast 250 grain Keith type .429 caliber bullets for
my Ruger Super Blackhawk. I would cast them out of pure linotype and what
a beautiful bullet it made. I found many of them, spent down range, that
would shatter on impact with anything hard. It wasn't unusual at all to
find the nose split down the middle with absolutely no obturation of the
I ended up getting some very soft plumbers lead and mixed it 50/50 with the
linotype which ended up giving me a perfect batch of #2 Lyman alloy. I
guess it did, anyway. I guess this because every bullet I cast came out
exactly the weight Lyman called out in their Cast Bullet Handbook. God I
wish I had all that lead, my molds and sizer! I finally quit casting
because I could buy lead bullets so cheap that I didn't figure my time was
worth it. Boy was I wrong. Those bullets I case were some of the best
bullets I've ever loaded. And, I could control the mix to give me
expansion if I desired with the 45 acp or 44magnum. Casing bullets is an
art, I sure do miss it.
Aoshi.S2: living and learning... some day I gonna shot something..
THOMAS EDISON: Railroad track
MrTeneric: Hickok you're pulling our legs! I just hope the piece of rail you cut out
isn't part of an active rail line! They do make great anvils if you can
Wayne Washburn: Hello Hickok45, those are railroad rails you are using as an anvil. They
are perfect for that task. I wish I had a stash like you do.
Robert David: That is a train track usually they scrap them after replacing them
IanPolerCP: Are those dumdums?
Iliveoutside Outdoors: What you have there is a piece of railroad track
TasKmen: constructing and reconstructing looked fun, boys will be boys god bless''em
xzqzq: I was casting quenched, hard-cast .45 acp rounds, with plenty antimony....
Fired one through a 12" stump, came to rest against volcanic rock: not a
scratch on it. No rifling marks, no dings...WAY too hard. Backed off on
the antimony, skipped quenching,
pcman64: That piece of metal he's using as an anvil is a piece of rail from a train
track they also use it in overhead cranes also works good as bullards that
rail he got there used as a bullards will stop a transport truck
Catholic Seymour: Oh by the way... There weren't any train wrecks in your neck of the woods
after you acquired this anvil of yours were there? With so much of it just
quantumfart: Cool Cool. As for that Anvil, last to my knowledge it is a Rail road track
heycheckthatout: You probably have figured it out by now, but looks like a piece of train
rail. Had a still mill that was near my house and they used to melt down
old ones and make new ones. Super heavy and super durable.
puke's channel: You might want to mention the metals that are added to the lead (and
amounts) to make it hard. Tin and animony are the two most common. I
believe Elmer Kieth liked lead with tin only and no antimony. But nowadays
most use antimony. Tin is pricey anyway. Nowadays they only put enough tin
in to make it flow into the mold nicely. And it does flow out poorly
Kris Phillips: it's a railroad rail.
C Wiskus: so is the hard lead round an alloy of lead or is it a matter of tempering?
Catholic Seymour: Dear Mr 45, Yeah everybody knows that your anvil is a piece of railroad
track. But it doesn't appear that anyone can tell you how the rail was
used. I think this may be what Hickok is really asking. I believe your
anvil is a piece of light to medium 90-100 lb/yard rail judging from its
size, meant for slower speeds and smaller freight trains in days gone by.
Of course I can't be sure unless I knew the actual measurements from the
profile. All of the sizes come into play when calculating the strength and
purpose of any particular rail. IE the width of the base, the height, the
top width, the web, etc... Even though passenger trains are from an era
long gone, heavier freight train will be with us for a while to come due to
the volume they can handle and the return on fuel. My point? Your anvil
truly is rocket science! You ask how do he know this thing? Ordinarily I
wouldn't have any of this pointless and useless information. During my
career as a machinist I helped invent measuring tools for a certain Rail
Road to measure the amount of wear on the tracts to record data of wear vs
usage. Never thought I would be posting this to YouTube. Enjoyed you video
and learned a little more about cast bullets today. CS
Chantz Oliver: Railroad rail
jeff wayne: He's joking about the anvil.
MulberryBean: Probably a steel I beam
Nacho Menegazzo: Hi Hickok! i have a Glock 20, of curse... in 10mm, im trying to find the
best terminal performance for hogs here in Argentina (i always dream in a
bullet for the 10mm that doesent exist... a "165 or 180gr Barnes MRX",
copper bullet with tungsten core to reduce the size/volume, for more powder
capacity, get higher velocities, the full enerergy of the 10mm, extreme or
ideal penetration on hogs... but... thats only my dreams)
Back to the real world, 175gr Critical Duty seams a great bullets for the
job, but i cant get it in Argentina.
I can only get Winchester Silvertip 175gr, XTP, Noslera and Sierras up to
180gr JHP or.. maybe start making hard cast bullets, but i really don know
enything of casted bullets, (SP, SWC, HP are the options?
Whats your advice in all of these things?
Nacho, From Argentina
Chip Sanford: I seem to recall that lead bullets are a no-no in Glocks. True or not?
TheZmt325: That is an I beam for the starship enterprize. It is made out of
unobtainium... be careful with that chunk of future metal...
jake chaput: It looks like PVC
greg roate: 110lb/ft 1rr track . hard < high speed track .
Rene Schaap: railroad track !!!!!
Commiefornia: I love your videos. Always learn something new. You are the Professor of
ogilvy85: yea thats for railway tracks...old school
dad nova: Ok, so how do you cast a hard lead bullet? I cast many bullets, however
they cannot be used in anything above 1300fps, I see cast bullets for
rifles, ?? scared of them.
Rick Tacett: its a rail from a rail road trck
Bud B: Hickok, that anvil is a piece of railroad iron ;)
busyhands94: Hickok, I'll level with you. I am kind of a cheapskate, I don't like
spending a while lot of money on those fancy jacketed bullets, but I found
that a $20 dollar Lee 140 grain bullet mold has paid for itself in hard
cast .38 bullets. I'm getting a .30-30 Marlin from my uncle next weekend
for some work, and you can bet I won't be spending a dime on pre-made
jacketed ammo. I shoot hard cast bullets, they are my favorite and have the
most bestest killing power! :)
Surly Bob: Hickock 45: Your anvil is a piece of rail from a railroad. We had a few
on the farm. They work pretty good. We also used a few of those to weigh
down our 14' implement disc for the field. They are heavy!
ethan 7X57: yep piece of a railroad track thats what your anvil is
Michael Garafalo: While securing a pallet with wood blocking, I missed the metal nail and hit
the fingernail on my left hand ring finger.
I was lucky enough to get the ring off before the finger more than doubled
2 weeks later the tip is down to double it's normal size, the nail is 1/3
black and growing longer, and the purple color has faded.
The bone at the tip was broken and it will take a couple months before I
can fully use my left hand.
PLIARS, VICEGRIPS------USE SOMETHING OTHER THAN YOUR FINGERS!
Brad Bratcher: Looks like part of a railroad track
Richard Irving: you need a pair of vise grips hard too shoot with broken fingers
Vince Clark: what kind of expansion would you get from hard cast hollow point in like
LR G: And the hammer on the finger? We all know you've hit. Show it to us!!!
Kenny Wong: I see alot of right answers ( rail road track ) but interestingly enough
why is it so hard? Train wheels are very hot from friction and obviously
they put alot of weight on wheels, now imagine whole trains going over rail
for years. It's basically been forged.
l3arrett82: rail road track, the reason it has holes is because they use it as a part
of the track to buy some time before they have to replace a section of the
track. or they have 2 of these and screw braces to it to again prolong a
section of track. at least i think thats what its for. i live about 125
feet from the tracks and ive seen stuff but not 100% sure
Mike H: I watch a ton of your videos. The slow-motion hammering at the end was very
Lyle Wold: thanks for the vid. (I'm probably wrong, but the rail reminds me of the
rails we used in elevators shafts)
videodistro: Railroad track makes GREAT anvil. We have a small piece we've used for
years and years.
Rob Anders: Tell your wife to buy you a pair of needle nose before you miss your bullet
george50: I'm curious as to what you used to cut it with. I worked for rail road for
35+ years and don't think they're a lot choices in cutting it.
EIBBOR2654: From everything I've been told and have read, the main reason for a hard
cast lead was to keep the barrel from leading up when the bullet was being
driven at higher speeds. Using soft lead bullets in say a .38 or .357 Mag
driven at the .38 Spl Mid range MV will cause the soft lead to be stripped
as it travels down the barrel. Even in rifles like the .30-30 and using
hard lead cast bullets, if driven too fast, will cause the barrel to lead
up. True, hard lead bullets will penetrate deeper but they also stop lead
fowling in the barrel. If you have ever experienced a barrel that was
leaded up and the chore of having to try to clean it you will know what I
mean. Gas checks also help too but shooting the hard lead bullets requires
the MV to be much lower than what a jacketed bullet can be driven at. Doing
some research on bullets I found some articles on Hydraulic Bullets. Back
when they were starting out with smokeless Powers and all they had at first
was the hard lead, bullet expansion was a problem. So they came up with
kind of a sealed hollow point were the cavity was filled with water and
some other materials like wax to control or help with the expansion.
Interesting to research it though.