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:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ7ZytKrmCQnRp9LXXxinJQ

elvis ammo:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqq2Xh4H4VnMjZemwjTLW0w

Consolidated test results:  https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Tb_gBX5ALiPbMYg_qdvBiUV-fNaLln0r18MIqJXTjrM/edit?usp=sharing

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Jerry 1911
Jerry 1911

Bacon, I’ve been going back through your older videos, and I think this would be a helpful video for new casters. Voids are a constant problem, even with more experienced casters, and good catch with these. Another reason for voides could be contamination of the lead. I have to constantly watch for my lead purity.
Great stuff, Bacon

John's Hand Loading
John's Hand Loading

I never answered a year ago so I will answer now. I cull any that look to me like they have major issues. Pistol bullets I usually weigh a few from each batch just to know I am in the right ballpark, I don’t weigh every bullet. I am somewhat picky about the quality of the bases and bands, I figure, they will just get re-melted and poured so why risk missing a shot for a three cent bullet that I can make over? Of course all my lead projectiles are only for target shooting. Rifle bullets I am a… Read more »

John
John

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.

pilotmcbride
pilotmcbride

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. ????