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Old 04-11-2009, 12:24 AM
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Anyone shoot cast in an AR ? Reccomendations for mold ? For loads ?

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Old 04-11-2009, 03:14 AM
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Short answer is don't even try it or you'll regret your decision.
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Old 04-11-2009, 03:31 AM
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There are a lot of discussions on this on the Cast Boolits website. I tried it with my Dad as a boy, in an AR that did not have a forward assist, and chamber fouling was a real problem. Jacketed bullet availability would have to be a lot worse before I would get back into that.

If you have a more recent barrel with a more rapid twist, you may have some interesting problems.
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Here's another thread of a guy doing it http://tinyurl.com/cvyfge
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Old 11-28-2013, 04:29 PM
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cast in AR

I converted mine to piston driven system and shoot what ever I was to
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Old 02-05-2014, 05:05 AM
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I use an rcbs mold that cast 61g at .225 and use ww that are water drenched then powder coat the boolits
and load the with 20.5 gr. of BLC2 and they work great in my single shot H&R 223
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will be trying powder coated in the ar
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There are a lot of discussions on this on the Cast Boolits website. I tried it with my Dad as a boy, in an AR that did not have a forward assist, and chamber fouling was a real problem. Jacketed bullet availability would have to be a lot worse before I would get back into that.

If you have a more recent barrel with a more rapid twist, you may have some interesting problems.
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There's ways to deal with that, but I still won't do that in gas operated military rifles, including the Garand which I know you can, provided you know what you're doing.

M14/M1A, NO
AR, NO!


There are others, but won't go there.
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There are a lot of discussions on this on the Cast Boolits website. I tried it with my Dad as a boy, in an AR that did not have a forward assist, and chamber fouling was a real problem. Jacketed bullet availability would have to be a lot worse before I would get back into that.

If you have a more recent barrel with a more rapid twist, you may have some interesting problems.
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If you read Cast booooolits, try and find KE4SKY, the guy knows what he's talking about. I know him personally.
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will be trying powder coated in the ar
Bad idea, you'll still get leading in the gas system and there's other potential problems.
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will be trying powder coated in the ar
I see from your other post you have flat nosed bullets, are they what you intend on using? Wondering if you will have feed problems with them? Also curious how the powder coating will work in an application such as this. Please post your results.
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Old 05-03-2014, 10:03 AM
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If I wanted to try a cast bullet in an AR I would purchase some bullets from Beartooth Bullets after I slugged the barrel so I could get the proper diameter, and try it...
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The main problem will probably be lead fouling of the gas port. I had that problem with one of the early Ruger .44 Magnum carbines. Ended up selling it for a lever action rifle.
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That does not much worry me . I clean my rifle .

Besides , I have shot my share of cast bullets in an Inland Carbine & have not notices any problems with leading of the gas system .

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Anyone shoot cast in an AR ? Reccomendations for mold ? For loads ?

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REALLY BAD IDEA. Last military type rifle it can be done with is the M1 Garand *IF* you know how to do it right.

Bad idea for M14/M1As

REALLY bad idea for ARs both normal or gas piston rifles.
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I shoot cast in my DPMS 308LR and no problems at all and also no leading or anything .
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I shoot cast in my DPMS 308LR and no problems at all and also no leading or anything .
Question then becomes:

How long have you been doing this? How many rounds? and hardness of the bulllets?

Shooting cast in the .223 based platform is a disaster waiting to happen.
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May i ask you this instead ,have you ever shot cast in your own gun before I reply to yours.
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Old 04-13-2015, 12:59 PM
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May i ask you this instead ,have you ever shot cast in your own gun before I reply to yours.
Answer for this is easy, no. I don't own "guns" I own revolvers, autos, shotguns and rifles.

Have I shot cast bullets out of rifles? Yes including an M1. All my practice ammo for pistols is cast bullets.

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For sure it can be done. I would use powder coated bullets. I hve two 62 grain FP HM2 molds. I believe NOE has .223 molds in stock
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