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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