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    07-29-2018, 07:32 PM
    PBSmith replied to a thread Mold handles in Casting Equipment
    I have Lee handles that fit several single and double-cavity Lyman molds that date to the 60's and 70's. One is very slightly tight, but I don't believe it would be much of a job to file a decent fit.
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    07-25-2018, 08:35 PM
    PBSmith replied to a thread Better Ladles? in Casting Equipment
    No doubt some of us could use help in that department as well.
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    07-24-2018, 10:10 PM
    PBSmith replied to a thread Better Ladles? in Casting Equipment
    In July 2013 cb member soldierbilly1 started a thread on Spoon/Ladle cleanup. http://castboolits.gunloads.com/showthread.php?143571-Spoon-Ladle-clean-up Good reading there, esp regarding the yellowish compound (lead oxide?) that builds up on...
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    07-24-2018, 07:51 PM
    PBSmith replied to a thread Better Ladles? in Casting Equipment
    Watched the video and will be keeping an eye out for a kitchen ladle. The Rowell looks like a swell tool, pricey but it might be worth it. I couldn't use it in the smaller of my pots, but for the Dutch oven it would be fine. I appreciate you...
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    07-24-2018, 07:17 PM
    PBSmith replied to a thread Better Ladles? in Casting Equipment
    Bent, I'll have to give that candle trick a spin. Thanks for sharing.
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    07-24-2018, 07:13 PM
    PBSmith replied to a thread Better Ladles? in Casting Equipment
    Gent, thanks for sharing those details. The large size of your melt, it seems to me, works in your benefit. I believe most of my problems are in using that old Mould Master with its puny diameter. As a bottom pour I suppose the diameter of the...
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    07-24-2018, 06:58 PM
    PBSmith replied to a thread Better Ladles? in Casting Equipment
    John, would you mind telling me how and how often you flux your ladle? Are you using it to stir your flux agent into the melt, or do you flux your ladle another way? If I could keep a clean ladle, that would lessen my concern about crud going...
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    07-24-2018, 11:32 AM
    Have purchased several iron Lymans from e-bag and got mixed results. Two or three were perfect molds at great prices. Two were junk. Got my $$ back on one of the junkers, kept the other and was able to make it drop decent projectiles. Bottom...
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    07-24-2018, 10:32 AM
    PBSmith replied to a thread Better Ladles? in Casting Equipment
    Thanks for that link. I searched the topic before posting but obviously missed it.
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    07-24-2018, 10:13 AM
    PBSmith replied to a thread Better Ladles? in Casting Equipment
    Wayne, I use three different pots: 1. Electric Lyman Mould Master whose bottom spout has been plugged. Owing to its small diameter, this is not my favorite, but in hot weather it's cooler than firing up propane. If I keep this pot full, the...
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    07-24-2018, 09:51 AM
    All of my casting experience comes from ladle work, using the old style Lyman ladle. After lengthening the shank of this tool so I can get deep into the molten lead without burning the wood handle, I've generally been satisfied with its function. ...
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    07-24-2018, 09:10 AM
    I'm so inspired by this thread that I might consider adding such a Lee device to the melt shop. Could someone please tell me which model is the "Dripomatic?" Does it have other qualities I should know about before investing? Thanks.
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BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
C Compressed Charge PR Primer SPCL Soft Point "Core-Lokt"
HP Hollow Point PSPCL Pointed Soft Point "Core Lokt" C.O.L. Cartridge Overall Length
PSP Pointed Soft Point Spz Spitzer Point SBT Spitzer Boat Tail
LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
GC Gas Check