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Old 05-29-2007, 01:50 PM   #1
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Casting Bullets for .32 ACP

I just hit the button on the Midway USA website to buy my first bullet mold. It is a six cavity model for the Lee 311-93-1R bullet.

I have a young friend with an electric lead pot and the better part of a ton of lead, so we are planning a cast-a-thon here in the next week or so.

There hasn't been much discussion of casting here. I'm curious to know if there are other would-be bullet casters waiting for some encouragement?

I've been shooting 77 grain and 84 grain lead bullets from my CZ-83 in .32 ACP. This will be a heavy bullet for the caliber. I'm thinking that I will propel it with 3.5 grains of Blue Dot, using Magtech cases.

It will be a week or so before I can receive the molds, mold bullets, load, then test fire. Aren't hobbies fun?

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Old 06-01-2007, 05:08 PM   #2
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Casting Bullets for .32 ACP

My package arrived several days early from MidwayUSA, so tomorrow (Saturday) AM I will cast a few 95 grain .311 diameter bullets and then proceed to load them up in .32 ACP brass and propel them rapidly towards paper.

I take it that bullet casting isn't a particularly popular topic on this board?


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Old 06-01-2007, 08:35 PM   #3
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Casting Bullets for .32 ACP

Howdy Mr. Bruce,

Well shucks sir, I have no idea if it is or not, but don't really recall a lot of discussion about it honestly. It is enjoyable, and I did have some fine results during a brief period when I did cast my own.

Maybe you can generate some interest in casting, which would not be a bad thing to me at all. Since you have not starting casting bullets yet, I will offer a couple of suggestions for you sir. Regardless of your weather (not sure where you are), wear a long sleeved shirt (the thicker the better), leather gloves, and some type of safety glasses. I do not consider casting to be a dangerous proposition at all Mr. Bruce. But I can tell you from past personal experience, if you have any molten lead splatter onto your hands or arms, it WILL get your full undivided attention, lol.

When you have the chance, please share your thought with us on your newest adventure.

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Old 06-03-2007, 05:59 PM   #4
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Casting Bullets for .32 ACP

Well, as I wrote in the "Casting ANY Calibers?" thread, I did cast the .32 ACP bullets yesterday. I also found that the extra weight of these bullets makes them more dependable for knocking down steel plates. I put .3cc of Blue Dot into the cases. This is 3.5 grains. I had some store bought 77 grain lead and 84 grain lead bullets all loaded with the same powder charge. The 95s clearly hit the plates and tipped them more reliably.

The Lee mold is an extremely round nose, no pointy part at all. I'd like to find a mold for the same length that has a flatter nose, and ideally even a few more grains of weight. Since the typical .32 acp bullet is 71 grains, these are very heavy for caliber.

I haven't decided that the .32 ACP is the end-all for CCW. But with fifteen in the magazine and one in the tube, it does make a fine little lead-pump at the range. And just think how far a pound of Blue Dot is going to go. A half inch in the bottom of a custard dish just won't go away.
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