09-15-2009, 11:57 AM #1
Casting bullets from beer cans? Can it be done?
I've never done any bullet molding but I was thinking/wondering if you had a situation where you were almost completely out of supplies. Could you melt and cast bullets from soda/ beer cans and expect them to hold up as a bullet?
Or is this a completely crazy idea?
And I was just wondering for those of you who mold your own bullets can you make bullets for an AR? I can't say that I have ever seen an AR load that was mostly lead. Would you need to use an alloy that has a lot of tin in it or something? Pure lead wouldn’t work would it?~ Awesome ~
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09-16-2009, 07:17 PM #2
Since no one is answering this, I'll relate a story.
We went to visit an aluminum plant where several of my family worked.
Working the aluminum took HUGELY high heat and electricity. I had very long hair and used long bobby pins to hold it up. There was so much magnetism caused by the electricity in the "pot room", that it pulled out my bobby pins and they danced upright on the floor.
Suspect you would not be able to do this without a VERY large amount of electricity.
Now, tire weights... you can make bullets out of those!
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09-16-2009, 11:32 PM #4Senior Member
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Aluminum has limited applications for casting bullets. The things would lake the density to hold a large amount of energy.
There are very few rounds I can think of that have aluminum in them. The only ones that come to mind are certain rounds for the FN 5.7 applications liek the FiveSeveN pistol and the P90 or PS90. There bullets are in the 27 grain range.
I think you would have problems and would need to be very careful in your loadings not to create pressure too high. Even then the performance would be noticiable inferior to lead.My weapon can kill, it isn't limited to mere assault
09-18-2009, 03:07 PM #5
You can use several malleable metals to create alloys for bullets. When casting, I prefer to use tire weights. They make nice bullets and most tire stores throw away hundreds of pounds of these weights a month. Can't beat free lead....Wolverines!!!:D
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OTOH, with a swaging setup, you could draw jackets out of out of aluminum, I think. Once you had a jacket it'd be pretty easy to grind the rest into powder and make a powdered core -- might need a little corn starch or something as a binder . . . .
They'd be light for their length, but I'm inclined to believe it'd work at handgun velocities. Don't know how well they'd hold up at rifle velocities. I suspect that such a jacket would be too brittle to hold the bullet together if you spun them that fast.
I can't say that I have ever seen an AR load that was mostly lead.
05-05-2011, 06:15 AM #9
Aluminums density is wrong.
Even wheel weights should be cut with pure lead and maybe even a little tin.
Grab a copy of the reloaders bible....Lee, RCBS, Lyman....what have ya....you don't have to be incrediably exact....but there are things you shouldn't do....otherwise you run risk to the gun or yourself.
We have a Corbin mega mite....that we use to swage spent 22lr brass into .223 jackets.....then drop cores....and swage the backs.
I'm not the reloading guy from our group...but I'm learning....and there is a lot to it.
Be careful.....remember....you are essentially holding a explosion about an inch away from your face....Live like you'll die tomorrow, learn like you'll live forever.