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Original Post: home made pellets for pellet rifle?

gdwright - Member

I'm thinking of buying an air powered pellet rifle, mostly just for plinking tin cans in the back field, but perhaps also to put an occasional squirrel in the stew pot in case the regular food supply chain should become disrupted.

I'm wondering if anybody knows if molds exist so a person could cast their own lead pellets - either round or traditional - for something like a .22 cal air rifle?

wreckwriter - Member

I found this reference.

So yes, they do exist but pellets are cheap.

stickshift - Group Moderator

Pellets are so cheap I can't believe it would be worth the hassle to make your own.

BuiLDPro68 - Member

"Pellets are so cheap I can't believe it would be worth the hassle to make your own."

Chickens don't cost much either. Think I would rather have one of those in the pot.

wreckwriter - Member

"Chickens don't cost much either. Think I would rather have one of those in the pot."

I don't know, fried squirrel is awful good!

ChrisHarris - Member

"Chickens don't cost much either. Think I would rather have one of those in the pot."

Oh MAN!! Spoken by a man whose never had baked and stuffed squirrel in a cassorole dish. Yum Yum

Really, they are just large rats with fuzzy tails, but them are some mighty fine eatin'. I hate cleaning them , but they cook up nice.

snuckers99 - Former Member

Yes pellets are cheap. It will cost more in energy to heat the metal and cast it and buy new casts if those get lost or damaged.

wild03 - Member

I don't think it will be worth the hassle, Back in my mother land were there was/is NOTHING people make their own pellets using a homemade contraption resembling a hole puncher, you would melt the lead and pour it into 1/16 or so of an inch sheets then punch the pellets out...but with 250 .22" pellets going for $3 at Walmart I don't see the benefit. not to mention the hazards of lead fumes and risk of burns...and the challenge of making pellets that would give you a good performance.

PLAIN crazy!

johnnyrebb07 - Member

Yeah I found this thread late too, and in the intervening time what you could buy at Wal-Mart for 3$ has dam near tripled. Even .22 LR ammo has gone through the roof... IF… you can even find it. What was " just plane crazy" 6 years ago is now starting to sound pretty good to me. Who knows... with the way things are head'ed we might be living in District 12 in another 6 years. On another note... you'ed be surprised how much free lead you can get scrounging around your local mechanic shop's. I got almost 80lb's in used wheel weights in one stop. I know it's not the best lead but outta be good enough for an air rifle.