Hard Cast Lead Bullets Vs Soft Lead Bullets




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AirGunWarriors: Just subscribed, great information in your videos! Question: What roll does the balance of a bullet play in its design? Are bullets designed to be nose heavy? Base heavy? Are they designed to be balanced perfectly based on their center of gravity? Look forward to your response. Thanks again, AGW.

Joseph G.: When I handloaded, back in the '70s, I wanted to cast lead, but I needed the tin and antimony you mentioned. At one point, I thought of continuing with the purchased "lead" bullets I was handloading, but to melt some down in order to cast them as I'd like them to be. An example would be a 200 grain bullet for .38 Special, just to experiment. I was accepted to grad school, so between work and grad school, the time wasn't there. If I could only turn back the clock! :)

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 lead. 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.

monkeyboy4746: Excuse me, I believe you have my railroad track, you took it off my desk when I was not looking.

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 get pieces.

Garth Ridgeway: i cant deal with your fingers that close to the hammer!

wildairsoft1: railroad

Matthew Petrie: Hey, i got a railroad track anvil too! Sweet!

Robert David: That is a train track usually they scrap them after replacing them

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.

TasKmen: constructing and reconstructing looked fun, boys will be boys god bless''em

Iliveoutside Outdoors: What you have there is a piece of railroad track

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

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,

IanPolerCP: Are those dumdums?

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 laying around....CS

quantumfart: Cool Cool. As for that Anvil, last to my knowledge it is a Rail road track piece.

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 without tin.

Kris Phillips: it's a railroad rail. 

German Redneck: love the slow-mo :D

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

greg roate: 110lb/ft 1rr track . hard < high speed track .

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. 

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? Thanks! Nacho, From Argentina

C Wiskus: so is the hard lead round an alloy of lead or is it a matter of tempering?

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

Chip Sanford: I seem to recall that lead bullets are a no-no in Glocks. True or not?

Rene Schaap: railroad track !!!!!

Commiefornia: I love your videos. Always learn something new. You are the Professor of Firearms! :-)

ogilvy85: yea thats for railway tracks...old school

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 in size. 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 .45?

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 humorous. Lol.
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