Yesterday, I cast just over 400 bullets from a favored Saeco 411 230-grain Keith mold. In just over an hour’s time, I cast, tumbled them in Powder Coat (PC) and baked them for 20 minutes at 400 degrees. In just that hour, I had more bullets to load — for the next day’s shooting. I tell you this not to brag, but to explain why I cast my own. Sure, I could have ordered them, and waited a few days for the brown truck to deliver them, but I hate to wait, and I hate to pay for bullets!

When you make your own bullets, you have more control over any one aspect to handloading there is. You get to determine what shape, size, style and hardness you will cast. Nothing beats the smug feeling of christening a vintage mold by casting with it to unlock the secret of breathing life into an old favored shooter of some defunct caliber using handloads. True Keith SWC’s, LBT styled radiused-flatnosed bullets designed by Veral Smith, gas checked SWC’s developed by Ray Thompson, or Hollow Point bullets that literally turn themselves inside out when they hit something are just a few options available when you pour your own slugs.