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drop in water or on towel?

Posted: Mon Apr 15, 2013 11:55 pm
by carload9
I been dropping on towel for a year. Any one drop cast in water?

Posted: Tue Apr 16, 2013 9:48 am
by Sparky45
That's how I do it for the 45ACP. Makes them harder (BHN) than dropping them on a towel. Also going to start doing it for my 300AAC.

Posted: Tue Apr 16, 2013 9:50 am
by myloadm61
what weight and bullet are you using for the 300 blakout


Posted: Tue Apr 16, 2013 10:30 am
by carload9
I will try some.

Posted: Tue Apr 16, 2013 11:41 am
by Sparky45
It's the NOE 247gr bullet.

Posted: Wed Apr 17, 2013 5:09 am
by WyrTwister
I drop all my bullets into a 5 gallon bucket of water .

Makes them harder & I can increase the rate of production .

God bless

Posted: Wed Apr 17, 2013 6:37 am
by dcorrick
I drop mine in a 5 gallon bucket of water as well. They harden up well. I keep the bucket about 1/2 full of water.


Posted: Thu Apr 18, 2013 7:20 am
by carload9
been dropping in a towel for year, so last nite i tried the water, think i like it. One guy said they are more accurate and less leading. These scale at 107grs RN and i can use in 380 or 9mm precise plinking.

Posted: Thu Apr 18, 2013 7:41 pm
by dcorrick
The sudden cooling hardens the lead. I cast my .380's, 9mm. .40, .45, and now some .44Mag bullets that way. I have never had a leading problem with them. I used to drop them in a towel, but since I switched to water, the bullets are much better as they are harder.


Posted: Thu Apr 18, 2013 8:09 pm
by carload9
yea, i am better off now!

Posted: Fri Apr 19, 2013 12:09 pm
by prs
Water chilling of lead alloy depends upon the amount of antimony and at least a trace of arsenic. If I want to chill, I add a small amount of magnum shot shell shot to the pot to assure the trace of arsenic is there. I usually drop boolits onto a folded terry cloth as my alloy settles to BHN 12 any way, which is about ideal for .45ACP


Posted: Sat Jun 01, 2013 12:38 am
by Jumping Frog
Water drop wheelweights are too hard for .45 ACP - a low pressure round.

I will water drop .44 Mag and .40 S&W, as they are much higher pressures.

If a bullet is too hard for the pressure, then it will not obdurate correctly and allow gas-cutting. It actually makes leading worse, not better.

Posted: Mon Jun 03, 2013 11:17 am
by prs
The frog is right on.