Worth the risk to shoot cast through a can?

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Worth the risk to shoot cast through a can?

Post by jtaylor996 » Tue Aug 04, 2020 4:52 pm

After a year wait, I finally got my Nomad, and now I need to feed it with subs.

Is it worth the risk running cast or coated bullets through the can, or should I stick with jacketed?

My can can't really be cleaned except maybe via ultrasonic (which I don't even have).

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Re: Worth the risk to shoot cast through a can?

Post by BJK » Tue Aug 04, 2020 6:33 pm

I can't answer your question, but you can also put machined homogeneous alloy bullets through it.

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Re: Worth the risk to shoot cast through a can?

Post by plant.one » Sat Aug 08, 2020 4:11 pm

a basic ultrasonic cleaner can be had for under $100. i think i paid around $60 or so for mine with one of the 20% off coupons @ hazard fraught (harbor freight)




plus.. being a subsonic shooter.... being able to clean your bolt carrier groups with not much more than a nylon brush and a wipe from a rag is priceless. i disassemble mine, put them in for about 8 mins and its the easiest you'll ever spend cleaning a BCG - you can literally watch the carbon coming off during the tank process. looks like little wisps of smoke coming off of a smoldering piece of wood.


also iffin you have handguns, cleaning them after a swim in the Ultrasonic is a treat.

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Re: Worth the risk to shoot cast through a can?

Post by bangbangping » Sun Aug 09, 2020 11:23 am

I've been shooting cast/coated subs for years without issue.

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Re: Worth the risk to shoot cast through a can?

Post by golfindia » Mon Aug 10, 2020 11:06 am

I shoot powder coated bullets through my Mystic X. They do deposit lead in it. Not much but enough that I decided I'm not going to shoot coated bullets through any of my sealed cans.

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Re: Worth the risk to shoot cast through a can?

Post by plant.one » Mon Aug 10, 2020 10:56 pm

golfindia wrote:
Mon Aug 10, 2020 11:06 am
I shoot powder coated bullets through my Mystic X. They do deposit lead in it. Not much but enough that I decided I'm not going to shoot coated bullets through any of my sealed cans.
which PC bullets?
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Re: Worth the risk to shoot cast through a can?

Post by strobro32 » Tue Aug 11, 2020 6:05 am

He casts and powder coats his own. I do too. If you reload it's very easy. If the bullet is powder coated, sized and loaded correctly, it should not be an much of an issue for subs.

In 6K+ rounds, my can has added 1 oz of weight, although I cant say if its from the carbon or lead.
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Re: Worth the risk to shoot cast through a can?

Post by noname » Mon Aug 23, 2021 7:32 pm

I use a couple dental pics to gouge out the big chunks but otherwise don't clean my cans. I keep the bore of my cans without buildup. A person is suppose to clean them by weight, if at all. Definitely stay a way from the "dip" unless you want to get poisoned. Aluminum cans are hard to clean as well. It is kind of hard to get rid of the mindset it is not the bore on a gun.
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Re: Worth the risk to shoot cast through a can?

Post by BJK » Mon Sep 06, 2021 4:12 pm

I intend to run my coated bullets through my cans. If I find lead in them I'll give them a 3rd coat for added insurance. Of course they get sized after being coated. If they were traditional cast and lubed, no way. I dislike cleaning a can. I'd rather get a root canal.

If your can doesn't come apart just get it nice and hot and it should self clean with a mag or 2 run through it when hot. Can you put the can on after putting it in a 500°F oven? That's what I'd do to save my barrel and save ammo.

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