|03-25-2005, 12:07 PM||#1|
Joined: May 2004
I guessing a few of you make your own bullets, or know something about how they're made, so I've got a few questions?
1) How do you do it? I know bp guys use scissor molds, is it the same for smokeless cartridges?
2) Do you jacket your home made bullets?
3) How is a bullet jacketed? I've heard it's done through electrolysis, or something or other.
4) Is it possible to jacket your own bullets?
5) How do major corporations mass produce bullets? Casting seems time consuming, and lead is soft, so assuming they use a different method.
Misc. powder question:
What powder composition is used in caseless ammunition, and how is it formed? Specifically what Dynamit Nobel used (LOVA powder?)
|03-25-2005, 12:21 PM||#2|
Joined: Jan 2005
Look up corbin bullet mfgr on google. They have jacket materials and tools to jacket your own as well as commercial equiptment.
HKs site has some info on caseless ammo. Look up the G11 on their site.
|03-25-2005, 12:30 PM||#3|
Joined: Apr 2004
Home swaging of bullets is a slow process, like 50 bullets an hour, and the jacket and lead "wire" for the cores costs almost as much as finished bullets They cost MORE than do the milsurp rifle and 9mm FMJ bullets. Casting can be fairly fast, if you use the 6 and 8 cavity molds, a big, propane fired plumbers furnace to melt 100 lbs of lead at a time, and a Star progressive sizer-luber. With the above $600+ worth of gear, you can finish 500 bullets per hour, saving maybe 4c apiece, if you have a good source of lead.