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Lead Bullets for Smokeless Rifle Cartridges

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Every time I price jacketed bullets for my hunting rifles, I almost faint at how high the prices have risen! Some folks cast bullets for their BPCRs, but never give a second thought to casting for their everyday hunting rifles. High cost of jacketed bullets is reason enough to shoot lead in them, but cast bullets can be very effective on game - and accurate, too. Besides, you will shoot your centerfire rifles more frequently and become more familiar and proficient with them.

Here are a few bullets that I've cast for several of my rifles: L-R Lyman 245496 85gr GC Loverin bullet for .243, Lyman 31141 175gr GC bullet for .30-30, Lyman 311284 225gr GC bullet for .30-40, and Lyman 338237 200gr plain base bullet for .33WCF.

Photo of the three rimmed cartridges loaded for leverguns: L-R .30-40/1895 Win, .33WCF/1886 Win, .30-30/1893 Marlin.

.243 Win and the very accurate Loverin bullet:

Anybody else cast bullets for their deer rifles?

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I cast only two bullets for centerfire rifles, .45-70 and .348 WCF. Have you seen the price of jacketed bullets lately? Holy Moses! Yeah, I shoot cast bullets for that reason. I just recently ordered two - that's all I could afford - boxes of .348 WCF, 200 gr. Silver-tip. :shock: Well, they ain't gettin' shot up for practice anytime soon, if ever. I'm saving that stuff for posterity.
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