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    Making Bullets

    I have an itch to try my hand at making bullets, but only have a superficial knowledge of the subject. Anyone have any tips, resources, books, etc to recommend that could get me started on educating myself?

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    Making Bullets

    There should be a link to discussion right here . also information in the archives.
    If there,s something I can help with just ask right here.

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    Damon,
    You need to see if you can get jackets.
    john
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    As said, getting jackets can be tough.

    Tony's book has a good overview and/or call George Ulrich.

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    This is more of a long term plan - just gathering info at this point. I assume jackets are hard to come by these days... Which brings me to my first question - what is the lowdown on making jackets? Is it doable reasonably (cost/time effectively) with available materials? It seems like there is a fine line between hobbyist and a small business making bullets.

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    Bullet Making

    Quote Originally Posted by Damon View Post
    I have an itch to try my hand at making bullets, but only have a superficial knowledge of the subject. Anyone have any tips, resources, books, etc to recommend that could get me started on educating myself?
    Damon

    Go to Benchrest Central home page
    Under Frequently Asked Questions

    !st topic is about bullet making
    The respondents there are some of our best bullet makers based on their success.

    If after reading these come back here with your specific questions.
    Jackets may be a problem but I think Bart of BARTS BULLETS may be selling jackets--Sierra jackets.

    You need a good mentor to help you get started--that person will be invaluable as you start making bullets.

    Many will help here but
    Remember the information you get may be just what you payed for it.
    Be cautious about computer experts who have an opinion, but may have never pulled a bullet making/press handle.

    Good Luck
    Do not be afraid to ask.

    CLP

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    Perfect. Didn't know that was there.

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    Bruno has the J4 jacket in stock, you can check his web page, here on this site.

    Ist lets say starting up making bullets is not cheap.

    You will need good dies. Two that I like are Detsch and Ulrich


    When it comes to buying dies you pretty much get what you pay for. a good set along with a single press will set you back at least $3,000



    That's for the carbide die set . Then you will need some good lube s lead wire and some jackets.
    a case of jackets{J 4 run over $1000 . check Brunos web site.
    Pure lead wire or wire with a tad of antimony is running abut $2.50 a pound.
    The learning curve is pretty short if you have a good teacher, but you will find it actually can be fun once you make your first batch.

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    When it comes to buying dies you pretty much get what you pay for. a good set along with a single press will set you back at least $3,000

    Jerry, Your prices are way high I don't even charge that much for three die set and three presses. Also lead 2$ per pound delivered, but I would recommend Charlies cores and not buy the squirt die, its less cost. George

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    There is a pretty fair thread on bullet making on Saubier.com, come to think of it, it's a forum classification all by itself. One thing that will have bearing is what caliber you want to make. .308 jackets don't seem to be available from anyone right now. I'm told that may change sometime next year, stay tuned. .224 & .243 Sierra jackets seem to be available and shoot just as well or maybe better than J4. Steel dies may be acquired from Larry Blackmon for less $$, but have some inherent problems of their own. Also, Larry does this as a hobby and the wait time can be considerable. OTOH- they are well made dies. I would also suggest getting the cores from Charlie Hood and don't bother with lead, squirt die and core cutter unless you like working from less than slave wages.

    Rick

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    Hi George.
    Glad you chimed in.
    Detsch dies are quite expensive but not as expensive as Nemi Dies.
    I know what I paid for mine Bob Simonson Carbide dies were not cheap either
    Nemi dies were close to 3K Bobs were $1800 plus rams etc were $2400 for a set up with 3 rams.
    The lead prices are on the web. One local distributor here wanted $4 a pound. I told that guy he was crazy.
    Lead is running about $2 a pound then there,s the transportation. If he gets to the supershoot he may be able to get some for $2.14 a pound.

    George you probably did more to help new bullet makers then anyone I've seen you work and it Excellent.

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    Jerry. three dies one press is just about 30% less for price you quoted, Crown metals Milwaukee lead 2 $ per lbs. delivered to my house...George

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    Does anyone have any experience making jackets on something like one of the Corbin machines? Can it be done to match grade tolerances at a (relatively) small scale, or is it something best left to the Bergers and Sierras of the world?

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    Damon, I'm set up with Corbin, both press and dies.

    The dies can do match grade work. THey're probably more than good enough to make bench rest bullets. They will almost certainly wear out faster than the usual names.

    Now, there was a reference to Niemi dies. Is Bill still making them? He doesn't live all that far from me, but I thought he got out of the benchrest game. This is one of those times I would love to be wrong, for sure. I like him and Brian, used to shoot with them at Dunham's Bay and such.

    By the way, one of the Eubers makes bullets, and he's fairly small scale. Much better product than Sierra or Berger.

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    I knew yours were less George That's a really fair price. I know your quality is there. Thank you for the Lead price from Crown.

    Nickie NO Nemi dies are currently out of production. Seeing that your so close to those guys , it may be worth a call if that's what you want.


    Those Corbin dies are ok but for serious shooting you should consider another brand, compering some of the brands to Corbin dies is like compering
    Apples with oranges.
    Corbin dies Do have a place in the market , Just not Benchrest
    I have a set.

    Ulrich dies are top quality and priced less.
    Last edited by GerryM; 10-30-2013 at 06:44 PM.

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