Ever wonder what it takes to make your own bullets? If so, read on.
The vast majority of shooters go to the store, buy their own ammo and are satisfied. A small percentage buy powder, primers & bullets to reload their own ammo. An even smaller percentage cast or swage their own projectiles. I do both. Why? For me, self sufficiency is a big part of it; long term cost savings is another reason.
Clearly, this isn’t for everyone. It takes time, money and commitment. It takes a certain drive; a desire to do something for yourself and learn. It also takes a ton of ‘sweat equity’.
Casting bullets (or ‘boolits’ as they’re often referred to by casters) is the process of melting lead and pouring that molten lead into a mold to produce the projectiles. Swaging bullets is the process of pressing lead and/or lead filled jackets into a die in a press & using the pressure to form the projectiles.
Enjoy – and feel free to comment!