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Best way to mark bullets
« on: October 13, 2013, 07:08:13 am »
Hey gents,

I've got a question for you. A buddy of mine is reloading 5.56 in three or four different bullet weights. He wants to be able to color code the tips of the bullets for ease of identification. Any ideas as to what would be the best way to do this?
Here's what he's looking for:
Best material do to it with. (Types of paint. Also needs to make sure that it doesn't gum up bores)
Best way to apply. (We've thought about dipping and paint marker)
Ideally, a solution would be able to mark them five or ten at a time. Putting them on stripper clips and dipping, or possibly figuring out a way to do it while in the press.
Any ideas are welcome.
Thanks.



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    Re: Best way to mark bullets
    « Reply #1 on: October 13, 2013, 12:42:07 pm »
    Different colors of Sharpie?

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    Re: Best way to mark bullets
    « Reply #2 on: October 13, 2013, 05:33:42 pm »
    Hmm. How do the ammo manufacturers mark the green-tip (and other color) ammo for the .mil?

    I'm guessing paint on just the tip would not add to cleaning, but a dollop of inconsistently-applied paint could mess with accuracy...

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    Re: Best way to mark bullets
    « Reply #3 on: October 13, 2013, 07:22:53 pm »
    If you have the capability to put them all in stripper clips, why not just color code the clips?

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    Re: Best way to mark bullets
    « Reply #4 on: October 13, 2013, 07:34:23 pm »
    The dip is probably the best idea, but correct, you'd have to make it even and thin enough to not effect accuracy.

    I believe he plans on only keeping them on strippers for the marking, and storing them in cans. He doesn't have an infinite number of clips and would be recycling them. I will check w/ him though, as that's a great idea.

    Keep the think tank going. Thanks.


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    Re: Best way to mark bullets
    « Reply #5 on: October 13, 2013, 08:34:49 pm »
    Can you etch the tips with some solvent? If they are copper jackets might get some greens or black that way.

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    Re: Best way to mark bullets
    « Reply #6 on: October 13, 2013, 08:41:47 pm »
    Can you etch the tips with some solvent? If they are copper jackets might get some greens or black that way.

     :shrug

    He tried that but was unhappy w/ the results.


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    Re: Best way to mark bullets
    « Reply #7 on: October 13, 2013, 09:36:15 pm »
    What about just marking the cases?


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    Re: Best way to mark bullets
    « Reply #8 on: October 13, 2013, 10:41:23 pm »
    Easiest would be all the same ammo in a can, and use a grease pen on the lid.

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    Re: Best way to mark bullets
    « Reply #9 on: October 14, 2013, 01:37:06 am »
    I have used zip lock bags, then marked the outside with a sharpie.  I will often do that when working up a load.  Cheap and simple, even if a bit redneck, showing up at the range with a bunch of sandwich bags.
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    Re: Best way to mark bullets
    « Reply #10 on: November 06, 2013, 05:57:48 pm »
    I have used zip lock bags, then marked the outside with a sharpie.  I will often do that when working up a load.  Cheap and simple, even if a bit redneck, showing up at the range with a bunch of sandwich bags.

    This is what I do. A single sandwich bag for 10 or so and a big bag for 100 or so. then
    mark the load on the bag with a sharpie.
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    Re: Best way to mark bullets
    « Reply #11 on: November 06, 2013, 06:27:52 pm »
    This is what I do. A single sandwich bag for 10 or so and a big bag for 100 or so. then
    mark the load on the bag with a sharpie.

    Same here, especially when making small test batches when working up loads.  No need to get fancy. 

    Once load development is done, I just use those cheap 50 round reusable plastic shell boxes with the flip up lids and make a sticky label for each and slap it on top.  Next batch, if different, just slap a different label on top of that. 

    If mixing up loaded magazines is the issue, then just color code the bottom of the magazine with a dot of colored plastic modeling paint or enamel touch up paint. Different color for each different bullet type/weight. 

    For larger batches, I just put them in the traditional metal ammo cans and slap stick on labels on the can or put an index card inside. 

    This is not rocket science.  No need to mark the ammo.
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    Re: Best way to mark bullets
    « Reply #12 on: November 20, 2013, 08:11:12 pm »
    I usually mark the headstamp of the case with a sharpie, (I have about 5 or 6 different colors) on all of my loads for everything. On my load data sheet that I attach to the ammo box, I will use that same sharpie on it with a line.  For handguns, it helps to know what particular load is in a given magazine. And if they get dumped by accident in the range bag, you can easily identify them and get them back in the correct box.
    (Say, if you had more than one load using the same bullet). I also try to use different/matching headstamps for pistol loads that use the same bullet. Once they are loaded, there's no way to id/separate them if needed otherwise. Just a habit that I picked up when I started loading and tend to still do. It usually comes right off when tumbling.
    Also helps to id your brass from others at a public range. :thumbup1
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