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Old 11-04-2017, 10:05 PM
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I'd like to reload these little buggers, but bullets are almost impossible to find and when you do they are so darned expensive that you might as well buy factory ammo....
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Old 11-04-2017, 10:33 PM
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If you plan to shoot 500 to 1K .25acp a year look into buying a 10# Lee pot(not expensive and exept for the annoying dripping,they work good)and a good mould(NOE makes some but you will find some others;just let your fingers sail over your keyboard).Then,a sizer with the proper die will do the rest(RCBS is an excellent one backed up by a second to none warranty).
Since the size of the iron blocks is quite large compared to the size of the bullets,you will have to cast quite rapidly and at a relatively high temp(825/850*F. and will need some lead with a good amount(%) of tin in it so that the little bullets come out with perfect shape.Linotype is perfect for such use.
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Old 11-04-2017, 10:55 PM
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Lyman makes/made a 51grain RN mould # 252435 for the 25ACP. It runs around $75.

RCBS makes 0-50 RN 25ACP, 2 cavity mould. Midway is sold out but they were on sale $106.24.

Lee doesn't make one that size.

I have never tried either mould but small 22 cal. molds have to be warm to very warm and be sure you have at least a few % of Tin in your alloy!

Looks like a few trips to the gun show used equipment dealers are in order!

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Old 11-05-2017, 08:02 AM
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I'd like to reload these little buggers, but bullets are almost impossible to find and when you do they are so darned expensive that you might as well buy factory ammo....
I only own one .25 acp and bought it solely because I like Colt's vest model - for no other practical reasons. You are correct and even though I am a Re-loader, I BUY Factory Ball ammo for this old gun. When I find a sale, I'll usually buy a few boxes but truthfully don't shoot it much.

I have never seen cast 25 acp bullets for sale. I'd just get some FMJ factory and call it a day.
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I cast 22 caliber bullets but and 25 caliber rifle bullets!
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Old 11-05-2017, 09:15 AM
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Never used these before, but for $28/500,,seems like a way to go.
At least I would give them a try before investing $200+ in a mould, casting pot, sizer ect. Plus the time to turn them out.
.25 ACP 55 gr. FP per 500

But then I gave up casting some years back simply because of the time it took away from other gun related things. So I'm biased I guess.
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Old 11-05-2017, 09:58 AM
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Never used these before, but for $28/500,,seems like a way to go.
At least I would give them a try before investing $200+ in a mould, casting pot, sizer ect. Plus the time to turn them out.
.25 ACP 55 gr. FP per 500

But then I gave up casting some years back simply because of the time it took away from other gun related things. So I'm biased I guess.
That's a pretty good price on those.

If you only wanted to cast for that .25 yeah probably better just to buy a couple thousand of those and be done with it.
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I just don't want to reload that tiny of a case. My fingers would get squashed! I do reload .380's, but only when I have to, they are enough of a pain.
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@ the OP. Unless you have something very specific in mind, it seems to be too much trouble for a caliber that is not easy to reload (evereything is tiny) and generally doesn't get shot in great quantity.

Unless you are planning to use it in IDPA matches.
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Never used these before, but for $28/500,,seems like a way to go.
At least I would give them a try before investing $200+ in a mould, casting pot, sizer ect. Plus the time to turn them out.
.25 ACP 55 gr. FP per 500

But then I gave up casting some years back simply because of the time it took away from other gun related things. So I'm biased I guess.
That's more like it. Even with shipping 1000 of them are only 7 cents apiece.
Buy a few more or add a couple of other calibers to get free shipping and the price goes all the way down to 5.6 cents each.

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