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I'm thinking getting into bullet casting but am not sure where to start the 2 primary rounds I'm looking into are 180gr 30cal (3006) and 180gr 44cal (44mag) so any help with which bullets molds to get and just basic advice on how to get started is appreciated thanks
 

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Been casting since the early seventies, so first I will send you here.

http://www.lasc.us/ArticleIndex.htm

Then Go here since we don't have a cast forum here

http://castboolits.gunloads.com/forum.php

Then go here and order Veral's book and read it from cover to cover.

http://www.lbtmoulds.com/books.shtml

PM me if you have furthur questions and I will try to help, I am currently casting for 38/357, 30-06,44mag,30/30,45-70,375 win,22cal,

It's an addictive hobby, a little like sin ,It will take you farther than you ever intended to go, it will cost you more money that you ever intended to spend, and it will keep you longer than you ever intended to stay.

It is rewarding when you take an animal with a round you assembled yourself, or when you shoot that one ragged hole group with bullets you made yourself.

Start scrounging wheel weights, pure lead , tin , and linotype . You'll need a lot.
 

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All very good ideas but if feasible, I would also recommend a bullet trap. I built mine out of steel its what is known as the clam shell type. However there are several ideas on you-tube some just plain plywood and rubber mulch. Great thing about a bullet trap, once you get a stock pile of lead you just recycle what you have, I did not see the Lyman cast bullet book mentioned, It too will be very helpful. You mentioned the 180-grain bullet, I cast the 170-grain Lyman bullet, and shoot these in 3030, 308, and 3006, as well as several 30 cal, Mausers, and they do very well in my rifles. With the powder shortages I have been using Red Dot shot gun powder for several of my cast loads, very pleasant load for plinking. Cast bullets also make a very good hunting bullet, The last 3 Deer I took were with the 170 grain cast bullet pushed with IMR-3031, all three were one shot and down.
 
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