Inspection and Quality Control of the Cast Lead Hollow Point Bullets

(The original version of this video was posted to YouTube on March 6, 2017.)

This is the fourth video in the Powder Coated Cast Lead Hollow Point Bullet Testing series, which is a long experiment testing powder coated cast lead hollow point bullets made from various alloys and fired at various velocities.

In this video I show various examples of things to watch out for when inspecting your cast bullets.  Inspecting your cast bullets is essential for accuracy and performance.  It is not uncommon to reject 5%-20% of the bullets from a casting session.

Johnny’s Reloading Bench:

elvis ammo:

Consolidated test results:


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If you don’t mind me saying I think that there is too much antimony in the bullets that show cracks. Are you casting using a PID temperature controller? I have had great success with the one I copied off of Johnny’s reloading bench.


Great stuff mate. I cast for my 45-70 & 45-120. I allow most projectiles through, even with small imperfections mainly because it is the smoke and BP blast when firing my calibres. Obviously the good pills are separated from the not-so-good for accuracy mainly for the 45-70, the 120 is pure fun. Have yet to have any cracks in them, mainly wings which are smoothed with a sharp knife, and the odd line now and again. But then again, I only cast solids…….
Thanks for your vids LoB, very informative and entertaining.
Cheers from downunder

Uncle Jim
Uncle Jim

Very helpful to a new caster. And scary at the same time. ????