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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-30-2010, 09:18 AM Thread Starter
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Anybody shooting lead bullets?

I've got a couple of 1911 pistols, and given the current ammo crunch I'm considering starting to reload with lead instead of FMJ bullets. Are there any reloaders here who use lead in their 1911s? If so, what bullets are you using and where are you getting them? Any problems with barrel leading?
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-30-2010, 10:03 AM
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Hard cast in a .45 ACP works just fine. Jacketed bullets in that caliber move slow enough that there will not be a leading problem when makeing the switch to cast. Make sure to slug your barrel before you buy a sizeing die. Finding a profile that will feed may be tricky depending on when you gun was made and by whom.

I have had great luck with these two Lee molds for my 1911 but it will feed empty cases from the magazine so you may not have the same luck as me.

TL452-230-TC & 452-230-TC

By the way; if you are buying molds get some other then Lee's. They are made from aluminum and I believe that some cast iron ones from other makers would give better results. Lee's stuff is OK for the price.
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-30-2010, 03:26 PM Thread Starter
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I'm not planning on casting my own bullets just yet. I've been emailing the guy that runs, and for now I'm just going to order some from him. Both of my 1911s are newer guns, one Rock Island Armory and one Springfield mil-spec. The Rock Island will shoot anything I feed it, but the Springer is still not broken in and will only feed FMJs. I want to order some semi-wadcutters, but I'm afraid that they won't feed properly in both guns just yet. He also sells some lead round nose bullets, so that's probably what I'm going to start with.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-30-2010, 04:27 PM
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I make my own with Lee equipment. Pick up some wheel weights from a tire shop and you are in business for 45 ACP.

You can add some tin if the mold doesn't fill out. Just get some tin solder.

To clean up the lead, use wood trimmings or some candlewax for flux.

I use the 200gr RN Lee mold and .452 sizer. You can shoot a lot of low performance lead without any leading. is a great site. Also see Lyman, Redding-SAECO, or RCBS for equipment.

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