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    Bullet casting equipment

    Before I start shopping new, I'd like to see what anyone is looking to move on.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by physeptone View Post
    Before I start shopping new, I'd like to see what anyone is looking to move on.....
    You really really need to tell us what calibre you wish to cast .......unless of course you are planning on casting to sell.
    It was a confusion of ideas between him and one of the lions he was hunting in Kenya that had caused A. B. Spottsworth to make the obituary column. He thought the lion was dead, and the lion thought it wasn't.

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    I have a bunch of stuff I want to move on..
    Flick us a pm

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kiwi Sapper View Post
    You really really need to tell us what calibre you wish to cast .......unless of course you are planning on casting to sell.
    30/30, 44 mag, 45-70.... not to sell, good god man, to shoot!

    But looking for accessories - ladle, ingot molds, free sawdust....

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    Sawdust? I assume you intend using it as a bullet drop media, just use an old folded blanket or sack its easier to get the sprues off to put back in the pot.

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    sawdust makes good fluxing
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    Yeah, sawdust is good for getting rid of the dross.
    More meplat, more better.

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    Ive always used beeswax it makes it clump and I just scoop it off the top along with the stones and little clippy bits from the wheel weights. I might try it next run but think its just more gunk to remove.
    I top cast using a ladle so dross is a pain if you dont get it all with a bottom pour pot I suspect its not so important
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    I may still have a 44 cal mold, I'll check tonight and advise.

    I to used sawdust mostly. I used to use the sawdust for my smoker. Neighbours were never sure whether i was smoking fish or casting bullets.
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    has anyone used those lee lead melting pots with the bottom pour spout? also how do you tell how hard or soft your lead is , i have some old lead sleeves from cable jointing days and some dive weights to use up either for bullets or sinkers. any 45/70 molds that you are not interested in @physeptone i would look at.

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    Quote Originally Posted by berg243 View Post
    has anyone used those lee lead melting pots with the bottom pour spout?...........
    I use their Production Pot IV as a total novice to casting and found it did the job well. Two caveats, you may have to "pricker" the outlet nozzle from below if any crud gets into it and as it was recommended to leave enough lead in the pot when finished to cover the outlet, thus hopefully avoiding any crud blockages , you will need an ingot tray of some form to put under neath when next using it. It will leak until the lead is fully melted and you need to catch that leaky stuff. then it cuts off ok once heated. ALSO I was glad I bought one of their small "Lead ladels" to scoop the crud from the surface of the molten Lead.

    I used 3 of (6.9 kg ) of the ingots. https://tinyurl.com/y5pwt2nh in one go and was very satisfied with the end result. Which means i can't comment on degrees of softness.
    It was a confusion of ideas between him and one of the lions he was hunting in Kenya that had caused A. B. Spottsworth to make the obituary column. He thought the lion was dead, and the lion thought it wasn't.

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    USING A PENCIL TO CALCULATE ALLOY HARDNESS
    Pencil Hardness BHN
    6B...…... 4-5
    5B...…... 7-8
    4B...……. 9
    3B...……. 10
    2B...……. 11-12
    B...……… 13
    HB...……. 14-15
    F...………. 16-18
    H...………. 20-22
    2H...……. 26-28 Finding the pencils is the hard part.
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    I have a cast iron pot and ladle if you are interested, its all I ever used.... tried a bottom pour spootty thing but they never hold enough and just when everything is up to temp you have to add more metal.
    Cable jointing lead is too soft but mix it in with weights and some of the jointing metal it is good to go as lyman# 2
    I gave away a bunch on here a few months back.

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    I used the Lee 10lb pot for 20+ years they are pretty agricultural but work just fine. As someone stated you'll learn to have a long 'pricker" on hand to clear the pour spout occassinally. I also used a 20lb Lyman pot also but prerred the Lee if only doing a couple of hundred bullets.
    A cast iron dutch oven for doing my whell-weights melt-downs and mixing thereby keeping the pour spouts clean of crud.

    I usually ran my NOE molds at the little Lee pots highest setting continually.

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    Sorry, must have cleared my 44 molds already.
    I have 357 , 30 Cal & 7mm molds left to quit.

 

 

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