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How many bullets can you cast from a pound of lead?

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by Gunner3456, Jun 30, 2009.

  1. Gunner3456

    Gunner3456 Well-Known Member

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    Please forgive. I did a search.

    I'm considering getting into bullet casting, especially swc for the 38/357 and TC for the 9mm.

    I don't know how to convert to find out how many bullets I could cast with a pound of lead.

    I "think" there are 7,000 grains in a pound, but I don't know if that's the same "grain" as in bullet weight. I know it is for powder. ??

    If there are 7,000 grains in a pound, then that pound should yield about 46.6666 150 grain bullets less of course lost to dross etc.

    Am I close? Are these the right "grain" and "pound" usages?

    OK, I'm stupid. I beat you to it. :laugh:

    Thanks. :)
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    PhysicsGuy Resident Science Nut

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    Yes, there are 7000 grains per pound, the grain is a measurement of weight.
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    you have to relize too that lead is really dense and that the amount of 1 lb isnt alot.

    yes. the 7000 grains/lb is correct.
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    Gunner3456 Well-Known Member

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    So it's true? A pound of lead really does weigh more than a pound of feathers? :laugh: :laugh:
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    yes its true.
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    Gunnar by your own calculations you cans see the bigger the bullet the less per pound.
    My one 50 Cal mould will drop a 860 Grainer less than nine per pound. Really makes the old pot run out in a hurry.

    Ken.
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    Gunner3456 Well-Known Member

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    Geez!!!! :D
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    Ken , you need a faster bigger pot, maybe a 40#'ed

    and just for arguement sake, a # of feathers does = a # of lead.. lol
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    So how many 147 gr 9mm bullets can you get out of a pound of feathers? :laugh: