I cast my own bullets and recently got into powder coating them.
The nice thing about this is the bullet does not need any lube applied,
as a regular cast bullet would.
Sizing is still important though. Lee makes a small press and bullet sizing dies that are easy to use,
but the die goes in the top, and the bullets get pushed up from the bottom. Collecting them can be a challenge.
I took the idea of their press, but inverted it, making the push through die, screw up from the bottom,
and the ram will push down, dropping the bullet into the collection bin of your choice.
This not finished as of yet, but I did prove out the patterns today and made the initial casting
which came out perfect. First time I tried an elaborate gating system, and now I am hooked.
The sides of the press body
The ram boss form and layered sides
working section cut out and base added
Drag half of the casting
Cope side of the casting
I obviously went over board on the shrinkbobs, but being inexperience, I wanted to make sure there was enough pressure
to push the metal up into the cope and get fill out.
I am very pleased with this casting as there are no low spots or shrinkage anywhere.
I'll post more photos as I get it further along & BTW, the press body is 6 inches top to bottom