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Old 02-22-2019, 08:29 AM
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one of the neighbors sons wanted to go hunt hogs locally, he has tried several of my hand guns and has found,
he is by far most comfortable and consistently accurate using the LEE 230 grain hard cast bullet ,
loaded over 6 grains of unique in my EAA WITNESS 45 ACP PISTOL
these are very accurate moderately priced pistols,
I have carried for , concealed carry use.
self defense and hunting.
its certainly not a magnum and while I prefer revolvers like a 44 mag,
the 45 ACP does get the job done with far less recoil and noise.
https://www.gunbroker.com/item/799227956
keep in mind hogs are hunted locally and ranges tend to be rather short, 20-30 yards is a long shot.
how far away do you think youll see a hog thats at most 28"-32" at the shoulder



Ive used and loaded these cast bullets for several years loaded over 6 grains of unique powder

https://www.midwayusa.com/product/1...diameter-230-grain-tumble-lube-truncated-cone

a turkey fryer, furnace
a dipper and a cast iron pot



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Old 02-22-2019, 09:03 AM
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no! I don,t tumble lube I use a lyman lube sizer
https://www.midwayusa.com/product/26...elting-furnace

https://www.midwayusa.com/product/20...melt-2-furnace

a decent bottom pour lead furnace with 25 lb capacity currently advertised for $260-$310

a turkey frier, a cast iron pot with a 50 lb capacity and a dipper lists for under $100 if you shop carefully
it heats faster and has twice the capacity, and yes its not ideal, but it does work and does not require you work near an electrical outlet
so working on a screened porch or open garage doorway is a decent option and allows you to get good ventilation so your not breathing lead fumes

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For years I melted my lead with a Coleman camp stove, a cast iron melting pot and a ladle. I still use this occasionally like when I'm up the cabin and killing some time. But I've migrated to a Lee electric melting pot. I'll sit in my garage with the door open and cast away. The bottom flow eliminates the need for skimming off the slag/drose from the lead surface is about the only advantage. IMO, once you get going either method is just as fast. The only exception is the bottom pour pot is probably faster for the big 6 cavity molds or for making ingots.
I DO like that bullet Hardcast.
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