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Home-Made Hollow Points

Home-Made Hollow Points

When I started shooting back in the 1950s components were hard to find. To improve the effect of cast bullets on game, many turned to hollow point cast bullets. When I got my first .44 Special I also found a hollow point bullet mold designed for the .44-40. Hollow point molds were normally single cavity, with a pin entering from the bottom of the mold which formed the hollow cavity. This pin had to be put in place before filling the mold with alloy, mold allowed to cool, pin removed, mold blocks opened, and hopefully a quality bullet came out. If you forgot to replace the pin molten alloy flowed through the mold and all over everything.
Since that time I have acquired hollow point molds for most of the Elmer Keith and Ray Thompson designed semi-wadcutter bullets; they work fine using a bottom pour Lyman or RCBS 20# casting furnace with the proper temperature.  The problem is they are very slooooooow and I am not very patient.

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  1. After reading the article in the magazine, I was left with one problem in that wheel weights are hard and would probably shatter rather than expand when encountering a fluid medium (like a body).
    I am interested in this, and since I cast my own I will probably be getting at least one set of 9mm molds set up for hollow point rounds. Instead of wheel weights, though, I plan on using a 10% tin-lead mixture so the bullet will deform rather than breaking up and I’ll be weighing the new bullets so I use the right amount of powder under them in the case. Otherwise, this looks like a real boon for hunters who roll their own; at last they can make their own bullets for the hunt. I hope to hear about hunting with home-made hollow points; this sounds like a great idea.

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