Cast lead bullets for hunting in the UK well now have just read this thread:-
And found it inconclusive to say the least. Over the last week or so have spent some time on some American shooting forums reading up on bullet casting and this morning searched for and found both my old Lyman Spar-T turret press and the Lyman 450 Lubrisizer. They both need a clean up after years of not being used and laying in storage. The Spar-T did see some use for reloading my rifle cartridges the Lyman 450 I never used in fact it still has the ticket attached to it where I bought it from Fultons of Bisley many moons ago when starting to get set up for bullet casting. A move into a flat put paid to that idea but have kept the lubrisizer just in case all these years.
The reason that this has come back in my thoughts is that seeing that most of my shooting will be on the range. Shooting cast lead bullets should not only reduce the cost but loads such as "The Load" would reduce pressure on the rifle and still should provide the accuracy for 100 yard/meter range shooting.
That is "The Load" I mentioned. 13 grains means more loads per tub of powder with less risk of a double charge due to the bulk of the Red Dot and bearing in mind the cost of powder today this saving has an attraction.
So there will of course be some set up costs. Dies, Gas checks, and lube for the Lyman 450 to size and lube the bullets and of course a mould. Checking on Brownells UK site they stock the Lee alloy two cavity moulds for less than a tub of powder. In the garage on a shelf is an old electric casting pot that I need to pull out and see if it works. This too was acquired back then for the casting venture that never happened. If it works then that is a real saving right there.
Am thinking that the Lee #90038 looks like it would fit my needs. It is a 30 cal mould dropping a nominal 170 grain bullet that should be ideal for a 7.62x51 or 308 rifle and funnily enough we were looking over such a rifle the other week at the gun club. Further reading has revealed that many are driving suc bullets from a 308 rifle at around 2600fps with good accuracy and there is even an article on casting soft nosed bullets using pure lead for the nose and a lead alloy for the body.
The question that really remains unanswered is is it legal to hunt in the UK using cast lead bullets?