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why I don't care for medium hard alloys

Posted: Thu Feb 14, 2008 7:38 pm
by mtngun
Here's some bullets from a mold I made today. I could make it work but everything had to be just right, with the pot temperature way low, and a leisurely casting pace. This would have been much easier to cast with wheelweight, plus wheelweight would cost less, plus heat treated wheelweight usually shoots as well as any other alloy.


Many of us relied on the Lyman cast bullet manual as our "bible" when we were learning to cast. The Lyman manual recommends the use of medium hard alloys like Lyman #2. The Lyman manual suggests that tin is a cure for all your casting problems. That thinking dates back 100 years when tin was cheap, hardness testers were scarce, and a 250 gr. 44 was considered a real heavyweight. The medium hard alloys -- like WW/lino blends, Lyman #2, and 91-3-6 -- are delightful for smaller bullets, especially in aluminum molds, but wheelweight is a better choice for big bore bullets.

Consider that if you cut a mold for wheelweight, and then later decide to use a harder alloy, the diameter will be larger -- assuming you can avoid heat shrink -- and tha\'s usually OK. However, if you cut a mold for a hard alloy, and then later decide to use wheelweight, the diameter will be smaller, which is usually not OK.

If I only had one alloy, it would be wheelweight. :mrgreen:

Re: why I don't care for medium hard alloys

Posted: Fri Feb 15, 2008 9:06 pm
by mtngun
Hi Dan.

Now I've had the time to try the mold and I must say I'm very happy with it.
Since I have a Lee bottom pour furnace I had to learn ladlecasting (tried the bottompour first).
Drilled out the orifice in the ladle to 4mm and converted it for left hand use.

The bullets drop from the mold at .4527" and 308gr give or take 0.3gr (317gr with lube and gascheck).

Have only been able to do a fair amount of loading and shooting with them, but I\'m very pleased with the results so far.

Good luck with the upcoming Moosehunt.