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Old 01-28-2010, 11:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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What kind of crucible do you have?

Porcelain, Nickle, Graphite, or something else.
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Old 01-29-2010, 01:18 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Cast iron melting pot. Or do you use a dedicated melter? What brand of molds do you use?
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Old 01-29-2010, 07:22 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I use a cast iron dutch over to melt all my stuff into ingots. Then I pour it into a muffin pan. I use a Lee 20 lb bottom pour pot for casting.

I use Lee six cavity molds for all my pistol stuff and a Lyman for the rifle stuff(30-30)

I plan on melting a bunch of stuff down tomorrow, I'll get some pics
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Any reason in particular that you use the fancy bottom feed pot? I've seen some people just ladle the molten led into the mold. Just curious. Still trying to convince myself I dont need any more damn hobbies...
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Any reason in particular that you use the fancy bottom feed pot? I've seen some people just ladle the molten led into the mold. Just curious. Still trying to convince myself I dont need any more damn hobbies...
easier to avoid the slag?
dunno, I don't cast.
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Old 01-29-2010, 08:50 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Any reason in particular that you use the fancy bottom feed pot? I've seen some people just ladle the molten led into the mold. Just curious. Still trying to convince myself I dont need any more damn hobbies...
Easier, faster, much less chance of getting a liquid cooking at 600-1000 degrees from spilling on you. Plus it's only $60. or you can get a 10lb pot for $40, I think.
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^That right there, ladling takes far more time but can be necessary on some larger rifle molds or HP molds.

I use a SS 4-5 quart pot that I found in a dump to melt lead and pour into ingots. I like Lee 6 banger molds for their price but they usually need a little work for them to cast right, I have an RCBS mold for 225 grain gas check bullets that is possibly the easiest mold to use, ever.
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Old 01-29-2010, 10:12 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I use a cast iron dutch oven from harbor freight, and a propane fish fryer.
Wheel weights have really dropped off in this area, so I get range scrap. Just fill the pot with range lead, put the cover on, and let it bake for 30-40 min. Digging out all the jackets is a little bit of a pain, but it's free.

I use a Lee 10lb bottom pour pot for casting. If I had to buy again, I'd get the 20lb pot.
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While we're on the subject, if anyone wants a bunch of wheel weights I have a 3gallon bucket of them you can have. Located in Grand Junction, CO, come and get them.
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While we're on the subject, if anyone wants a bunch of wheel weights I have a 3gallon bucket of them you can have. Located in Grand Junction, CO, come and get them.
Put them in a few flat rates boxes for me?
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I'm curious what safety precautions you guys take when melting down and casting lead?

Are fumes a concern? I would think they would be. How about cleanup afterwards?
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Old 01-29-2010, 11:55 AM   #12 (permalink)
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I do it in my driveway and put a fan behind it if needed. I also wear gloves that I use just for that. I wash up well when I'm done, too.
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