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JHP or FMJ. Make your own??

calrugerfancalrugerfan Member Posts: 18,209
Ok, I've barely started reloading. I haven't even started casting my own bullets yet. But I was wondering if anybody makes their own JHPs or FMJs.

It seems like the tools would be pretty simple.

1 hydraulic press that you could change the dies on
1 set of dies for cutting the initial shape from flat copper
1 set of dies to form the bottom of the bullet
(fill with molten lead)
1 set of dies to crimp the top in.

Full metal jacket might be a little harder, but it seems like jacketed hollow point would be pretty easy.

Comments

  • jonkjonk Member Posts: 10,121
    edited November -1
    It isn't filled with molten lead, you use a piece of lead wire to swage the jacket material around.

    It's not a difficult process but it uses a lot of fairly expensive equipment.

    Thing with molten lead is, as it cools it shrinks, pulling the core loose from the jacket. I suppose you could cast it and then swage it from there, but why add another step? Plus you'd have difficulty controling uniform weight by this method. Much easier to chop a piece of wire off uniformly. So the core and jacket need to be cold swaged together.

    If you search for 'bullet swaging' some options will come up- Corbin, CH4d, etc.
  • calrugerfancalrugerfan Member Posts: 18,209
    edited November -1
    quote:Originally posted by jonk
    It isn't filled with molten lead, you use a piece of lead wire to swage the jacket material around.

    It's not a difficult process but it uses a lot of fairly expensive equipment.

    Thing with molten lead is, as it cools it shrinks, pulling the core loose from the jacket. I suppose you could cast it and then swage it from there, but why add another step? Plus you'd have difficulty controling uniform weight by this method. Much easier to chop a piece of wire off uniformly. So the core and jacket need to be cold swaged together.

    If you search for 'bullet swaging' some options will come up- Corbin, CH4d, etc.


    Thanks for the info.
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