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Wednesday, September 12, 2018, 07:35

I finally jumped in and gave it a try. You still really need to size the diameter as the "paint" will add 0.002-0.003" of diameter overall to the projectile. A savvy thing is to use 9mm spec. 0.356 bullets for your .38/.357 and skip that sizing. The cylinder throat and forcing cone/barrel will "uniform" the bullet for you anyway. I place gas checks on afterward (when applicable) but either way would work.

On the cheap go buy a small toaster oven at the discount store for $20-25. It will be no good for anything else after this. That's your biggest expense. I used Harbor Freight RED powder coat paint to begin, about $7 for thousands, and thousands of bullets worth. Reds sticks better for some reason. In a plastic coffee can I shake cast bullets up with the powder than pour out onto a 1/8" wire mesh with newspaper under to re-capture unused powder. Then place in the oven as prescribed. The temp deg. settings on all ovens are inaccurate so I'd go a bit less for longer, till you figure it out. You can repeat for a second coat but remember you are adding even more diameter.

Guys get so anal over their "best" methods but it's really simple. You are making bullet M&M's with a polymer coat. It slides down the bore great, no smoke, and seems to stick really well to the bullets. It takes about as long as doing it the "old fashioned" way but you are dealing with bulk amounts, less tedious. And it would give a competitive shooter an edge with literally no smoke firing. Once you get sucked into the "colored" cast bullets it is very addictive. Only a LEE push through sizer is all you'd really need to get as an alternative size operation. They screw into any press and are less than $30 I think. Figure well into $300+ to get into a lube/sizer press with all the dies and nose punches.

I've shot them at 500 fps up to 2500 fps and great results. A critter would never know or appreciate the difference.

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