FAQ

Hard Cast Bullet FAQ:

Q: Do you use recycled metals to keep your prices so low?
 
A: NOPE, absolutely not.  We use only pure virgin metal straight from the foundry for our cast bullets.  This produces a better product and allows for tighter quality control which in the end is actually FAR more economical than messing with recycled or contaminated metals.

Q: How can you sell hard cast bullets at the prices you do?
 
A: The answer to this is part technology,  and part philosophy.  We use state of the art machinery to manufacture our bullets.  This allows for extremely tight quality control and precise casting with minimal sorting and recasting, therefore saving time and energy.  The philosophy is that casting and reloading and shooting has been a multi-generational tradition in our family.  It is a labor of love as much as it is a business.  We don't feel the need to become the next Bill Gates.  We are very comfortable and happy in life with our family, our business, and our shooting hobbies!

Q:  If hard bullets are good then harder bullets are better right?
 
A:  Hoorah, bigger better harder faster right?  Wrong!  So you already know that soft bullets are bad, which is why you are here and you aren't interested in the swagged junk.  If a bullet is too soft it will lead the barrel and deform too much, adversely affecting accuracy and therefore fun.


It turns out that a bullet can also be too hard.  If a cast bullet is too hard then two REALLY negative effects come into play, poor obturation and gas cutting
.  Obturation is the technical term for how the bullet seals up the bore and rifling upon being smacked with hot expanding gases.  You want a good seal so that your rifling and the aforementioned hot expanding gases do their job, which is to produce top accuracy and therefore sheer personal joy.  If the bullet is too hard it can't do this and won't seal up the bore and engage the rifling as well.  Poor obturation  = big frustration.  A bad seal on the bore means the hot gases end up leaking around the too-hard bullet.  In addition to causing a loss of pressure, this leakage causes the phenomena of gas-cutting.  Gas-cutting is when the hot gases melt/cut the edges of the too-hard bullet creating a less accurate projectile AND leading your barrel.  We notice that when you start to push a too-hard bullet faster (We're talking Brinell Hardness 20 or above for pistol calibers) you run into problems and start having less fun and more frustration! 


So the bottom line is we believe f
or the range of all pistol loads up to .44 magnum, Brinell Hardness in the vicinity of 16-17 produces the best performance, and can actually be pushed at higher velocities more accurately and with less leading than a too-hard bullet.

But you don't have to take our word for it, for more expert information on this matter check these great resources:

"Cast Bullets" by Col. E. H. Harrison, published by the NRA, 1979.

"Lyman Cast Bullet Handbook" 3rd Edition, C. Kenneth Ramage, Editor; published by Lyman Publications, 1980.

"The Art of Bullet Casting", published by Wolfe Publishing Co., 1981. 


Q:  If experts already figured out all of this stuff about hardness, why do some manufacturers make too-hard bullets?
A:  Your guess is as good as ours?  "My bullet is harder than your bullet!" syndrome could make marketing the hardest bullet you can cast compelling to certain elements of the population.  Really it probably comes down to quality control.  It's quite a bit easier to cast a harder bullet!  You can be a little sloppier with your process control with a harder alloy because the too-hard bullets resist process damage.  We use an alloy optimized for performance on the range, not for being mishandled during manufacture.


Q:  The bullet shape/caliber/weight I like isn't on your list? What gives?
A:   Currently we stock the bullet types which are most popular among our competitively oriented customers which includ Bullseye, IDPA, USPSA, IPSC, and Cowboy shooters.  We are always expanding our bullet mold collection and offerings, there are so many possible bullet molds out there that we really want to hear your feedback on what you like that you don't see.  When we get multiple requests for a certain type we happily add it to our offerings!