Friday, July 13, 2012

Cast Bullet Hardening

My bullet casting is usually one or two day every  year or two. In my video  on this blog you will see how so many bullets are made in such a short time. Yes I make more than one caliber!
My homemade cast bullets
Heating in toaster oven

After quenching 
Bullet casting should not be mixed in with quenching bullets as you will not get anything done. You must segregate the work. If you do quench while casting then you have something else to do aside from bullet casting which will slow down your work and bullet production will be a slow and laborious process. Given that people do not understand the rudiments of bullet casting  I will start by placing into order a video seminar I created a little over a year ago posted on the internet. People posting some instructions on the internet may well only be casting a few bullets but my video series will turn you into an expert without having to read a bunch of books and you will see how war time production could be a real mass production reality. But in this time of peace it has real hobby implications! 
  A hot bullet made from normal automotive tire wheal weights dropped in water will harden it dramatically without adding alloy. This means that you can have a very hard respectable rifle or pistol bullet without having to order or spend big bucks on alloy and shipping. The photos above and below with this brief explanation should be all you need to do the work of hardening your bullets. First a thrift store is the place to buy a used toaster oven (Plug it in to make sure it works before you buy it). It is best if it goes at least to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. This toaster oven was $4 but I have seen them as high as $7 used and as low as $3. Do not buy a new one. The pan I bought was also used and cost 25 cents. The handles were bent down so the pan would fit in the tester oven.
   This is an example-- This bullet mold will work in 313 (303) calibers as well as 308 (30) caliber.  For this example in using this as a 30 caliber bullet, after casting and grading your bullets this bullet is dry sized in 309 diameter in a bullet sizing die. The bullets are placed in a pan only a few bullets deep and heated at 450 to 500 degrees for a minimum of 15 minutes some prefer 30 minutes. Quench in water! (After drying off the water if you are using Lee liquid lube then all that is needed is to cover them in liquid lube and let them dry. I use a Slurpee cup squirt on the Lee lube and shake when totally covered dump on wax paper to dry. The Lee bullet sizing die is a simple round hole of the right diameter with a push rod that will allow you to dry size your bullets.  It fits on a loading press. It is a relativity inexpensive device, much cheaper than a wax sizing die machine. I eventually got a wax sizing machine for $15 at a gun show (a miracle buy) so I can use either.) When using a wax sizer then you will want to apply the wax with a 310 die if available. The point is not to disturb the outside of the bullet after it is hardened- this bullet is now very hard and usable after applying the lubricant. In my book I cover making emergency molds, 4 or 5  powder substitutes, and emergency  non led bullets and substitute primers.


     Richard W Norman

If they pass laws against guns then you will either make your supplies at home, salvage or do without. Below 1) All American Anti-disarmament Handbook, it is a ammo, gun, supply system in a book  you can make just about anything you might need in an emergency, gun manufacture, repair and ammo production with out loading equipment, three different powders and primers and much more. 2) Bullet Casting a War Time Resistance Factory, turning hobby equipment into a continues bullet supply system 3) Boobytraps nasty homemade tools designed by the military. Taking junk and making improvised boobytraps, over 70 titles to chose from

All American Anti-Disarmament HandbookBullet Casting: A War Time Resistance GuideBooby Traps

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