Aoshi.S2: living and learning... some day I gonna shot something..
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.
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
C Wiskus: so is the hard lead round an alloy of lead or is it a matter of tempering?
iliveoutside: What you have there is a piece of railroad track
TasKmen: constructing and reconstructing looked fun, boys will be boys god bless''em
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
Chantz Oliver: Railroad rail
Kris Phillips: it's a railroad rail.
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,
quantumfart: Cool Cool. As for that Anvil, last to my knowledge it is a Rail road track
German Redneck: love the slow-mo :D
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
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.
THOMAS EDISON: Railroad track
MulberryBean: Probably a steel I beam
jake chaput: It looks like PVC
Robert David: That is a train track usually they scrap them after replacing them
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
Vince Clark: what kind of expansion would you get from hard cast hollow point in like
ogilvy85: yea thats for railway tracks...old school
Rick Tacett: its a rail from a rail road trck
greg roate: 110lb/ft 1rr track . hard < high speed track .
Commiefornia: I love your videos. Always learn something new. You are the Professor of
Tony Young: Norinco frames are old chinese work hardened rail stock.
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
Tony Young: work hardened train rail. I work on elevator guide rails.
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!
Bud B: Hickok, that anvil is a piece of railroad iron ;)
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
patch kadiddlehumper: As an alaskan with the spring upon us, my .454 is full of 360 grain hard
cast. In these bushes no jacketed or hollow point round will ever find its
way into this gun. Except for hunting. When it comes to 1 or two shots
between you and the graveyard, it's hard cast all the way. After all, it's
all you will have the time to take when a big brown at 15 feet decides your
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.
jeff wayne: He's joking about the anvil.
ethan 7X57: yep piece of a railroad track thats what your anvil is
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!
Richard Irving: you need a pair of vise grips hard too shoot with broken fingers
LR G: And the hammer on the finger? We all know you've hit. Show it to us!!!
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.
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
TheZmt325: That is an I beam for the starship enterprize. It is made out of
unobtainium... be careful with that chunk of future metal...
Mike H: I watch a ton of your videos. The slow-motion hammering at the end was very
panzerwagoneer: That's a neat pair of cuts on that railroad track section you have there,
what did you use to cut that?
Daniel Taylor: Hickock, This was very informative to me. Thanks for taking the time to
make the video and explain the concept. Best, Dan
Lyle Wold: thanks for the vid. (I'm probably wrong, but the rail reminds me of the
rails we used in elevators shafts)
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! :)
videodistro: Railroad track makes GREAT anvil. We have a small piece we've used for
years and years.
Brad Bratcher: Looks like part of a railroad track
Rene Schaap: railroad track !!!!!