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dwightlooi
03-25-2012, 11:18 AM
I am not new to reloading; I have been doing it for a decade. But, previously and currently, I have been doing it for accuracy and precision in a slow, meticulous process (about 30 rounds per hour, not counting case prep). I have also reloaded exclusively with jacketed bullets and overwhelmingly in rifle calibers. The current favorite load for instance is the 155gr Sierra 2156 Palma Matchking over 50.8 gr of CFE223 in Lapua brass for the 308.

Traditionally I have not reloaded for handgun calibers because factory ammo is relatively affordable and I do not have a progressive press. I am interested in loading lead SWC bullets in 45ACP -- because of the neat paper cut and (presumably) reduced barrel wear they provide. The problem is that I don't see anyone selling lead bullets these days... can't find it on CTD or Midway. I can find Rainier copper plated ones, but that's about it. Can one still buy them or do you have to cast them yourself these days?

pontiacpratt
03-25-2012, 11:22 AM
I get "Bear Creek Supply" lead bullets from my LGS. The address on the box is here in CA.
1-209-874-4322 is the phone number off their Facebook page.

Undecided
03-25-2012, 11:23 AM
Here is a link to my favorite source, Oregon Trail.

http://www.laser-cast.com/45Cal.html

jessegpresley
03-25-2012, 11:24 AM
http://www.precisiondelta.com/product.php?indx=5

http://www.rozedist.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=RZD&Category_Code=ZSB-45ACP

http://www.firstclassbulletsandbrass.com/shop/category_13/.45-cal-Swaged-Bullets.html?shop_param=cid%3D%26

sammy
03-25-2012, 12:05 PM
This is all I am using these days. Great bullets for the money. My 200g. LSWC's are all within 197-201g.

http://www.missouribullet.com/

If you must make a one hole target these are easily as good as the lazer cast. The match grade are amazing.

http://www.pennbullets.com/

With IDPA and so forth the Missouri bullets are just fine.

quiet-wyatt
03-25-2012, 12:06 PM
I get "Bear Creek Supply" lead bullets from my LGS. The address on the box is here in CA.
1-209-874-4322 is the phone number off their Facebook page.

I've also used Bear Creek bullets for over a decade. Great bullets!

hkdad
03-25-2012, 12:13 PM
I sell 'em....:D

Always in stock and the best customer service you will ever experience!:jump:

http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?t=500293

All happy customers! my iTrader speaks for itself.

dwightlooi
03-25-2012, 12:16 PM
Is Laser Cast the premier supplier of lead bullets? I noticed that their 45 caliber offerings are either .452 or .459. Are these intended to be "tighter" than normal? Jacketed bullets intended for ACP used are typically .451...

In any case Laser cast are not all that expensive at $62 /500ct vs Penn @ $47 / 500ct (I am used to paying $160~200 /500ct). If they are great I'll try them.

Any recommendation for powder? I am thinking Titegroup, but that's only because I am used to Hodgdon powders with my rifle loadings (4164, Varget, CFE223).

CSACANNONEER
03-25-2012, 12:18 PM
I'm a cheap SOB who hates paying shipping. So, I used to buy bullets at local shops and gunshows (along with an annual or semi annual trip to West Coast Hardcast). However, I got tired of developping loads every time I bought a new batch. Now, I cast my own and have a constant source of the same profiles of bullets.

littlejake
03-25-2012, 12:26 PM
"Is Laser Cast the premier supplier of lead bullets? I noticed that their 45 caliber offerings are either .452 or .459. Are these intended to be "tighter" than normal? Jacketed bullets intended for ACP used are typically .451..."

IIRC -- the .45 ACP groove to groove should be .452 by spec. It's not uncommon with lead bullets to use a bullets a few thousands bigger and let it swage to the land grove pattern for a precise fit.

"In any case Laser cast are not all that expensive at $62 /500ct vs Penn @ $47 / 500ct (I am used to paying $160~200 /500ct). If they are great I'll try them."

What's shipping on those -- that can be a real wallet buster because of the weight?

comment, back in the 1980's I reloaded for the .45 ACP -- all I used was the 200gr lead SWC with 4 grains of 700X behind it. Used to get a box of 500 for $20 from a local gun shop.

G60
03-25-2012, 12:58 PM
SNS casting.

Bill Steele
03-25-2012, 1:07 PM
SNS casting.

My favorite as well, same kind of excellent price, quick order turn and superior customer service as Missouri Bullet Company, with a little better consistency and quality than MBC.

beerman
03-25-2012, 1:55 PM
+1
I used to cast, but with less time and not wanting to gas myself, I just buy by the 1000. Save the casting for SHTF

http://www.missouribullet.com/

+2 for these guys,great bullets,great prices

bonzaiii
03-25-2012, 2:01 PM
I sell 'em....:D

Always in stock and the best customer service you will ever experience!:jump:

http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?t=500293

All happy customers! my iTrader speaks for itself.

I give a big thumbs up for hkdad. I've bought from him in the past as the quality was excellent and prices were even better. Matter of fact it's about time to reorder.

hkdad
03-26-2012, 9:47 AM
I give a big thumbs up for hkdad. I've bought from him in the past as the quality was excellent and prices were even better. Matter of fact it's about time to reorder.

Thank you!

Chief-7700
03-26-2012, 9:57 AM
www.bulletworks.com

Marlin Hunter
03-27-2012, 7:54 AM
Traditionally I have not reloaded for handgun calibers because factory ammo is relatively affordable and I do not have a progressive press. I am interested in loading lead SWC bullets in 45ACP -- because of the neat paper cut and (presumably) reduced barrel wear they provide. The problem is that I don't see anyone selling lead bullets these days... can't find it on CTD or Midway. I can find Rainier copper plated ones, but that's about it. Can one still buy them or do you have to cast them yourself these days?

http://www.wideners.com/itemview.cfm?dir=278|281|1084|1137

jakuda
03-27-2012, 8:58 AM
+1 on missouri bullet
Also Magnus bullets, who also sells swaged lead bullets , which tend to be more precise.

Bug Splat
03-27-2012, 9:56 AM
Where are you located?

I have used Bear Creek for many years. Good stuff. They have a 200gr SWC that is just a great target bullet.

dwightlooi
03-27-2012, 3:49 PM
Where are you located?

I have used Bear Creek for many years. Good stuff. They have a 200gr SWC that is just a great target bullet.

San Mateo California.

JTROKS
03-27-2012, 4:37 PM
Can someone post a website for Bear Creek?

AJD
03-27-2012, 4:52 PM
http://www.dardascastbullets.com/

One of the best things about Dardas is he offers different size diameters for the same bullet, which is great depending on your gun's specific bore size.

himurax13
03-27-2012, 4:59 PM
I sell 'em....:D

Always in stock and the best customer service you will ever experience!:jump:

http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?t=500293

All happy customers! my iTrader speaks for itself.

I concur. :)