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Bullet Manufacturing Companies: Cast/Swaged/Plated

(bullet companies come and go. Check everything out before ordering. Some of the companies below may be out of business by the time you are reading this. )


(updated 7-18-2011)


Berry's Mfg. Co.

Berry's MFG., Inc.
401 North 3050 East
St. George, Utah 84790
Voice -1-800-269-7373, 1-360-297-3292, FAX 1-360-297-2691
email: sales@berrysmfg.com
www.berrysmfg.com

(From their brochure) "Berry's Mfg. has been a family business for over 30 years. We started out specializing in lead bullets only.

About ten years ago, we got into plastic molding business, and in the last few years, we also started making copper plated bullets. We did this because of the new government regulations and health concerns about lead bullets. Our customers needed cleaner, plated bullets required by indoor ranges.

We now manufacture over thirty types of quality plated bullets, called T.L.F.J. bullets. " (They also have regular Jacketed bullets as of 2010)"

The bullets featured in the brochure start with a .30 cal., 110 gr. RN for carbine. Then they jump to a .380 auto, 95 gr. RN and on to the 9mm's, 38/.357's, 10mm/40, .41, .44 and .45 calibers including a nice 250 gr. FP for the .45 Colt.


I just got a really neat .32 caliber, 83 grain HBWC, copper plated bullet. Yes, a long hollow base wadcutter for the .32 caliber guns.

I suggest you call them for a brochure or visit online.



Matt's Bullets

Matt has many calibers and shapes of cast bullets and most of them are Gas Checked for high velocities.


Matt's Bullets
104 Turkey Pen Road
Highland, AR 72542
870-856-6788


Matt Hoppe is a very nice guy. Sent a sincere thank you note in the reply of my order for some Gas Checked .500 S&W cast bullets. I told him with a last name that reminds me of "Hoppe's #9", how could I ever forget.

http://www.mattsbullets.com/ Matt's Bullets web site


Rainier Ballistics

Rainier Ballistics Corporation
4500 15th Street East
Tacoma, WA -- 98424
Voice - (800) 638-8722, Fax (206) 922-7854
http://www.rainierballistics.com/

This is the PLATED bullet company. Lead or lead base bullets can put lead vapors in the air when fired. Lead inhaled can stay in your body for 40 years and damage your liver and brain. Copper plated bullets minimize lead vapor in the air. At the firing line, lead vapor from regular lead may be in the range of 43 micrograms compared to 1.7 micrograms for plated bullets. On indoor ranges, don't forget a LOT of lead vapor comes from the bullet hitting the backstop and splattering. All lead bullets will produce this effect except at special indoor ranges with special backstops and ventilation. Still, the more you cut down on vapors, the better and the bullets look pretty also. Rainier used a SWAGED bullet instead of a hot-cast bullet. This means formed from lead wire instead of poured into a mould. Then the bullets are copper electroplated completely. GUN WORLD and GUNS and AMMO magazines have had nice things to say about the accuracy of these bullets.

The People at Accurate Powder Company in McEwen, Tennessee have worked up a number of loads for these bullets. I talked with Ted Curtis when I noticed the loads for the same weight bullet were different for these plated bullets as compared with the same weight lead or jacketed bullet. He said that all bullets act differently. He was sure plated CAST bullets would behave differently from the Rainier plated bullets that are Swaged. So they don't act like any other bullet and the loads from Accurate are just a bit LOWER than the loads for the same weight cast lead or jacketed bullet. I don't have space here for examples, but in the future, I may include some loads in my individual caliber loads tables. For now, I suggest you use at least 10% less than the same bullet weight in the tables and work up from there. The ones I have used performed just fine. (2011)



Leadheads Bullet Co. specializing in Gas Checked Bullets for high velocities.

Leadheads Bullets
825 N. West Street
St. John, Kansas 67576
(620) 549-6475
Leadheads (www.proshootpro.com)

I talked with Tommy, the owner of this company, and he told me about his HARD cast bullets with a BHN of 20-22. He says his bullets will not lead the barrel even at very high velocities. I have used a quantity of his new 500 S&W, .501 dia., 440 gr. GC bullets for my S&W Magnum. They are the best made cast bullets I can remember loading. A major ammunition company uses this bullet in their commercial rounds. Prices are reasonable and UPS shipping charges are good, particularly if you order 500 or more, compared to a normal minimum order of 250.


Bonus Bullet Co.

Bonus Bullet Co.
Corona, CA
Voice - (909) 734-0222, FAX (909) 372-0277
New Toll Free (888) 285-5382

I talked with DAN Sonnenberg ( SASS Life Member) on the phone. He said he is located in Corona, CA near where the SASS End-of-Trail match is held and he specializes in all types of cast bullets for Cowboy shooting and Black Powder firearms. He has several versions of a .38 RNFP bullet that is needed when used in the new Lever Action Cowboy Rifles in the tubular magazines. Check them out.


Zero Bullets & Ammunition Company

ZERO AMMUNITION CO. INC.
P.O. Box 1188
Cullman, AL 35056-1188
Phone 800-545-9376
Fax 256-739-4683 FAX
Email zerobulletco@aol.com
http://www.zerobullets.com/ Web site



Rim Rock Bullets

Rim Rock Cowboy Bullets - - Rim Rock Gas Checked Bullets - - Rim Rock Premium Hard Bullets

Rim Rock Bullets, Inc.
103 Main St. S.W
Ronan, MT. 59864
406-676-3250
frank@rimrockbullets.net
frankb@rimrockbullets.net
www.rimrockbullets.net is web site

These folks have some bullets for the .460 and the big .500 S&W.



Friendswood Bullets

About us: In 1988, we began supplying friends and PSC Shooting Club members with lead bullet heads near Houston in Friendswood, Texas. Due to the rapid increase in popularity of Cowboy Action Shooting and to the ever increasing cost of factory ammunition, it was decided that greater exposure to product was necessary. With this in mind, we started setting up at gun shows in Texas. In 1991, Friendswood Bullet Co. was born! Look for us on GunBroker, AuctionArms, and ReloadersAuction for additional information.

Friendswood Bullet Co.
16922 Serenity Cove Cir
Friendswood, Texas 77546
281-724-8859
http://www.friendswoodbullet.com/


CB Bullets

"CB Bullets provides hard cast lead bullets for reloaders. We produce for a number of wholesalers are retail gun shops. We also offer product over the Internet and offer deals to the general public on our production overruns.

Additionally we sponsor Jr. Olympic shooting teams."

CB Bullet Company
4 Pleasant Street
Gorham, ME 04038
Web site: - http://www.cbbullets.com/


Chey Cast Bullets 2009

CHEY CAST BULLETS (2009)
1531 Otto Road
Cheyenne, WY 82009
(307) 778-6636
http://www.cheycast.com Web site

Email: Hank = slowpokewy@aol.com or Rick = cheycas@aol.com
REFUND POLICY: 100% REFUND GUARANTEED ON ALL ITEMS RETURNED WITHIN 30 DAYS



XCalibers Cast Bullets 2010

Xcalibers, Inc. BULLETS (2010)
PO Box 52534
Knoxville, TN 37950
(865) 671-9886
email: info@x-calibers.com
http://www.x-calibers.com Web site

We use only mill spec alloy of 92-6-2 with no scrap of any kind ever added to reduce cost. That’s right, no wheel weights. We always order from the same foundry in large quantity to insure consistency.



Missouri Cast Bullets 2011

Missouri Bullet Company
1551 SW 25th Road
Kingsville, MO 64061
(816) 597-3204
Web site: http://www.missouribullet.com/

We optimize bullets for your intended application. We don't take a 'one-size-fits-all' approach to manufacturing bullets. Every box of our bullets displays the Brinell Hardness Number (BHN) of the bullets.



The Bullet Works Bullets

http://www.thebulletworks.net/ Web site. We have plated bullets back in stock. Just received 45 230 RN Plated in addition to what we had last week. (2010) They have lead and plated bullets and sell in 1,000 quantities and up.


Double-A Bullets

Double-A Bullets

Voice - (612) 522-0306

Another Cast Bullet company with a pretty good selection of caliber and types.



Oregon Trail (Laser-Cast) Bullets

Oregon Trail Bullets
PO Box 529
Baker City, OR 97814

The Proud Makers of Laser-Cast® and TrueShot® Silver Bullet®
Voice - (800) 811-0548
www.laser-cast.com is website link.

These people likewise, have large ads in national magazines. They have a large selection of cast bullets and should be considered, too.

(From web site) "Silver Bearing Alloy and the specialized production equipment to exploit it. No one else has it, and no other bullet available today can match Laser-Cast's® revolutionary performance. The inclusion of silver in conjunction with our proprietary blend of 7 other virgin elements produces an unbeatable bullet of unprecedented toughness, consistency and precision."

On 6-20-11, Shannon told me regarding hardness, "All of our bullets are a 24 BHN."


Meister Bullet Co.

Meister
Bullet and Ammunition Co.
P.O. BOX 1835
OZARK, MO 65721
PH:(417)582-2707
FAX: (417)763-3207
Toll-free: 1-866-848-9834
http://www.meisterbullets.com/ Bullets from Meister Bullets.com "The Most Recognized Name in High Quality Cast Bullets"

"All of our bullets are 14-16 on the BHN."
"We do not recommend that ANY lead cast bullet to be shot over 1000 fps out of a pistol and 1400-1500 fps out of a rifle. The only exception is if they have a gas check then the can be pushed faster."


Myers Bullets

Myers Bullets
e-mail wjm@efn.org
Voice - (541) 689-8077, FAX (541) 461-3098

Another Cast Bullet company with a pretty good selection of caliber and types.


Mt. Baldy Bullets

Mt. Baldy Bullet Company
PO Box 835
Cody, Wyoming 82414
Phone (307) 754-5255 / Fax (307) 754-5355
http://www.mtbaldybullets.com/ Web site Mt. Baldy

.25 to 8 bore and beyond

"Our aim is to provide superior quality bullets for the discerning shooter. Whether it be for hunting or target shooting. We HAND cast and sort many calibers, offering a number of designs and diameters. We're always willing to add more to meet your needs! If you don't find the bullets that you need on our Products Page, PLEASE contact us! We can't list them all! Plus, we'd love to hear how we can better serve you! Thank you for your interest!"



Montana Bullet Works

Montana Bullet Works
Phone 406-655-8163
7730 Hesper Road
Billings, MT 59106
Email Dave@MontanaBulletWorks.com

Web Site: http://www.montanabulletworks.com/ Quality hand-cast bullets for reloaders including paper patched big bore bullets.

When you contact us, you can be assured of receiving personal support from company owner and caster, Dave Jennings!



Carolina Cast Bullets

Carolina Cast Bullets
Jerry O'Connor
North Augusta, SC, just across the Savannah River from Augusta, Ga.
Email jmo@carolinacastbullets.com

Web Site: http://www.carolinacastbullets.com/

We make all of our bullets from new lead alloy called Hardball. It is a hard lead, antimony, tin alloy lubed with Liquid Alox, a proven formula for keeping leading to a minimum. This alloy is a Brinell hardness of 16, the same hardness used by Elmer Keith when he developed the 44 Magnum. Our bullets can be used in magnum loads but all lead bullets can leave leading if pushed too hard. It is up to the loader to use his/her own judgment.

(From Jerry O'Connor at CCB 6-20-2011) "As far as hardness of the bullet with respect to velocity, the general opinion of those I have been in contact with is that its not the hardness of the alloy but the sized diameter of the bullet that is more important to prevent leading. With that in mind, I have not seen or read of any "rule of thumb" for determining the exact sizing diameter for any given bullet or firearm. General acceptance seems to be no more than .002" over groove diameter.

I have talked with a few others on Cast Boolit Forums and they seem to agree. Some members of that forum have used soft lead at higher velocities with little or no leading because of the size they have made the bullets. In the case of a revolver, throat diameter also seems to be important as the bullet is swaged in the barrel throat by the force of the burning gases.

Jerry O'Connor Carolina Cast Bullets


R and R Bullet

R and R Bullet
909 Hospt. Drive
Crawford, NE 69339
Voice - (800) 865-1312, FAX (308) 665-1372

Featuring Cowboy Bullets in 20 to 1 alloy. Sample packs, $5 . Cast pure lead balls. BHN hardness of 19 on cast bullets. Hard Lube and hand sorted.


Bullseye Bullets

Bullseye Bullets
1610 S.R. 60, #12
Valrico, FL 33594
Voice - (800) 741-6343


Magnus Bullets

Magnus Bullet Co., Inc.
PO Box 239
Toney, AL 35773
Tel (256) 420-8359 or 256-420-8610
Fax (256) 420-8360

Terry Labbe, Owner
http://www.magnusbullets.com/


Tennessee Valley Bullets

Tennessee Valley Bullets is owned and operated by:
Jessie Clark
1754 Clark Road
Scotts Hill, TN 38374
731-549-3821
e-mail info@tennesseevalleybullets.com

http://www.tennesseevalleybullets.com/ Web Site


Midstates Cast Bullets

Bullets that hit where you aim!
Midstates Cast Bullets
204 Hanes St.
Wells, Kansas 67467
Telephone orders call toll free, 1-877-818-2072
Web site: http://www.carrollsweb.com/gunshop/html/midstates_cast_bullets.html
Email is: gunshop@twinvalley.net


Desperado Cowboy Bullets, LLC

Desperado Cowboy Bullets, LLC
2 Port Way, PO Box 165
Dayton, WA 99328

www.cowboybullets.com is website link.

SNS Casting Bullets

S & S Casting
5458 East 2000 North Road
Flanagan Il. 61740

Call us at: 815-796-2904
email: snscasting@hotmail.com
http://www.snscasting.com Bullets from SNS Casting. We are a full service cast lead bullet company for all your pistol reloading needs. High Quality Cast Pistol Bullets at affordable Prices!!

Magma Engineering

Magma Engineering Bullets
PO Box 161
Queen Creek, AZ 85242
480-987-9008

Lots of big cast bullets. To order, please call 480.987.9008, Monday through Saturday, 8am to 5pm Arizona Time.
http://www.magmaengineering.com/ is website link.

Midway Reloading

Midway
5875 W. Van Horn Tavern Rd.
Columbia, MO 65203
Voice - (800) 243-3220, Fax (314) 446-1018
http://www.midwayusa.com/ is website link.

Midway has a giant free catalog of all kinds of shooting and reloading supplies. About anything you can think of, and certainly a supply of all kinds of bullets, both jacketed and cast (and plated). Call them for a free catalog. I have used their plated lead bullets and find them of high quality.
Email: LarryPotterfield@MidwayUSA.com
Phone: 573-447-5117
Mail:
Larry Potterfield
Office of the President
5875 West Van Horn Tavern Rd.
Columbia, MO 65203-9274


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