Friday, September 03, 2010

I've asked this before, but I'll throw it out again:

Anybody know where to find bullets or a mold for .45 Colt for a 220-250 grain hollow-base wadcutter? The only thing similar I can find for .455 is the RCBS, which is 250 grains but has a long round nose. Lots of .45 wadcutters and semi, but no hollow-base.


Sigivald said...

Might have to have it custom made; it seems (reasonably, if one thinks about it) that casting hollow-base bullets by hand is a bit of a bear, and thus not real popular.

See here for some information and links.

A custom mold is said to run in the $100 range, so not too unreasonable.

(eg., from the link above - "I cast Minie balls for my ML with a Lee hollow base mould. And, trust me, you don't want to cast pistol bullets with a hollow base mould. Getting the skirt, or the hollow bottom of the bullet, to fill out well, is a PIA. The reject rate is pretty high. And, to my knowledge, hollow base molds are single cavity only.

Casting hollow base bullets for pistols in the volume that you'd need for shooting 38 wadcutters, etc, would be incredibly time consuming.

As others have stated, 38 hollow base wadcutters from Speer, etc, are swaged from a soft lead alloy.")

Firehand said...

I've cast minie ball before, and yeah, it's kind of a bitch getting really good ones. And from what I've read the original Webley bullets were swaged for just the reasons noted.

Not the most practical of things, I just thought it'd be nice to be able to make them. Though right now a custom mold isn't in the cards.

Owen Kellogg said...

If I recall correctly, Lyman made several hollow base pistol moulds in .454; I do not have the old Lyman cast bullet book available, but I have seen such moulds on GunBroker and Auction Arms, not to mention Ebay. Don't recall offhand whether any were semiwads.

Anonymous said...

Any RCBS or Saeco double-cavity block can be converted to cast a pair of hollow-based wadcutters. In the Cramer style type conversion the core pins are captive in the block, so bullets self-eject from the cavities upon opening. The production rate is the same as using a normal double-cavity mold. See the URL

Firehand said...

Hey, thanks for the link! I've got a friend who can use this contact

Kristopher said...

I think a corbin swage press would be an easier way to deal with this.

A lot more money, however.

Firehand said...

Yeah, looking everything over the swage press WOULD be best.

Not going to happen at this time, though.