10-09-2014, 05:46 PM
Join Date: Feb 2014
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When it comes to lead SWC .45 ACP bullets there are two choices: swaged or hard cast. The swaged bullets are pure lead and are crushed into the SWC shape by heavy presses, outside lubricated, boxed and sold. The hard cast bullets are composed of melted down lead alloyed with tin and antimony, to harden the resulting bullet. They are poured into a mold, cooled, sized and lubricated (in lube groove), boxed and sold. Most 1911's do not like swaged bullets. They deform and jam on the feed ramp. They also lead barrels notoriously. However, if your pistol has a polished feed ramp (most Kimbers qualify), it will probably feed hard cast SWC's. If yours will feed these bullets, you are in for a considerable savings in reloading over jacketed bullets. If kept under 1200 fps, hard cast bullets will not lead a barrel.
The fastest way to distinguish a swaged bullet from a hard cast bullet it to press your thumbnail into the nose of the bullet. If you can make an indentation, it is a swaged bullet. If not, it is a hard cast alloy bullet.
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