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    Smile

    By the end of April I will have casted 1,200, 500 Grain .575 Minie's and 1,200, 395 gr .50 Smith Carbine boolits. Same thing every year, since 1982. Gotta love it.

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    I guess im addicted i cast / lubed & sized 20,276 this past febuary to add to my stock pile.
    I actually look forward to casting when i do it as i only cast in Febuary unless i would get a new mould
    My goal for every febuary is about 10,000 bullets ! well i was having so much fun i made a few extra .
    Better equipment ,have your lead in ingots, preheat mould & dont worry about frosting, or possibley get moulds with more cavaties or refine your casting procedure you shoul be able to make 3 to 4 hundred bullets a hour with a 2 cavity mould . if you can speed up production it wont seem like so much work
    Last edited by bobthenailer; 03-27-2012 at 07:28 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sasquatch-1 View Post
    Did you check craigslist for your area?
    Don't believe there's such a thing around here.

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    12,000 here started the first of the year 5,000 to go + what I cast form the new 9.3mold on order Clint

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnFM View Post
    Don't believe there's such a thing around here.
    I checked for craigslist and they Wyoming as a state with no breakdown by cities. If you want to se what they have here is the link:

    http://wyoming.craigslist.org/sss/

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    Wyoming's a big state with few highways. Most of that craigslist stuff is back in the eastern part, not surprising, that's where most of the people are.
    That sort of thing is fine probably if you live where there are a lot of people and towns.
    I'll stay out here where the only paved road is a bone jarring trip down a dirt road.
    Biggest problem for us now is that damn cost of fuel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnFM View Post

    Wyoming's a big state with few highways. Most of that craigslist stuff is back in the eastern part, not surprising, that's where most of the people are.
    That sort of thing is fine probably if you live where there are a lot of people and towns.
    I'll stay out here where the only paved road is a bone jarring trip down a dirt road.
    Biggest problem for us now is that damn cost of fuel.
    Sorry I couldn't help.

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    No prob, when you choose to live your life away from everything you learn to make do or do without.
    We do have internet and you'd be surprised how many order a lot of stuff online anymore.
    A lot of good stores in town have folded up and those that remain just can't afford to keep a lot of inventory.
    We're looking at losing our Post Office that's been in the General Store for about a hundred years. Governments gotta save money you know.

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    CL has a fair search engine.. maybe type in your town or closest town along with your wanted good. The thing about being out in the sticks is that many people may well have the same things/wants. Never know.
    Sent from my computer using my fingers.

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    The casting is the fun/easy part. Running them through a lyman 450 gets a little tedious however.
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    Rome wasn't built in a Day.
    I like to just cast when I feel like it, and have some ready to load in coffee containers.

    I guess my "fetish" is to fill all my brass as soon as possible. I start processing my empty brass before I clean my guns. Once a load is tumbling I have plenty of time to clean guns.

    A friend in Alaska sent me a box of empty 45 ACP brass. (200+) I polished it right up and loaded it out of bullets I'd cast a while back. No chore, just fun.
    Increased my ammo stash.
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    For minimum investment, you could get another two cavity mould of the same boolit. I fed my IPSC habit for three years with two, two cavity Lee 452-228-1R moulds. I cast 980 boolits in about 4 hours. That included cycling my Lyman 20 pound pot three times. My shooting buddy loaned me his Star to size and lube them.

    I used a propane torch to preheat the moulds.
    How's that hope and change working for you?

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    Last weekend I cast 565 bullets (.45acp 230gr) from a 2-cav mold in an hour and 45 minutes. I'm thinking of gettinga 4-cav or 6-cav mold because it sure would be nice to cast 1K boolits in that same about of time.

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    Some time ago I sold off a Lyman 160 gr .266" mold. 2 cavity. While I never had much luck with it, 'just in case' I cast up 3000 bullets to set aside. In one day. for most of the day.

    I didn't cast anything else for weeks.

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    Frank: If the mod you're talking about is to keep the sprue plate cam lever from digging into the side of the mould blocks, there's an easy way to avoid it without doing any mods. When you open the mould, don't jerk on the handle, but rather apply firm steady pressure to it. Also, don't wait for the lead to fully harden before opening the sprue plate, by using a mould lube (BullPlate or similar) you can open the sprue plate while the lead is still soft enough that it takes no effort to open it.

    Also, the mod can be done at any time, so if after casting your 1000 boolits you find that the mould block is getting dented in a bit you can always do the mod then. I only have one mould that has that mod, and it was one I bought used, and it wasn't treated too gently by the PO, so I needed to add the screw. On moulds that I bought new I've never had to add the screw. Like any other tool, how you treat it directly impacts how it treats you!
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    Want to checkout my feedback? It's here:
    http://www.castboolits.gunloads.com/...d.php?t=136410

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    Thanks for the info MikeS. When funds allow I just might have to look into a couple of the Lee 6 cavities, one for the 357" I'm casting for my 38spl and a .452" for the 45acp. I always like to start out with the 2 cavity Lee molds just to see what the boolit will look like and if the gun will like them, that way I've only got $20 bucks invested into it if it's a no go but since the boolits look decent a good 6 cavity would make life easier when it comes to casting up a lot of boolits in just a little time.
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    I'm spoiled. I fill a coffee can in a little less than 60 minutes. (425 slugs)
    I bought one of the last H&G 8 cavity # 68 moulds.
    Yes it weighs a lot but it drops 8 good bullits every time.
    NO it is NOT for sale!

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    I had an RCBS 2 cavity mold for 45 acp. I wanted some bullets for my 460, so I fired up the lee 10 pound pot on a rainy day. In one afternoon I ended up with about 4-500 bullets cast and about 200 sized/lubed. I spent some time adjusting my equipment and smelting in some range scrap that I had. I also had to change over the sizer (RCBS LAMI) from 44 to 45. This was only my second time casting since I was a teenager, probably 15 years ago. I had some ingots of wheel weights that my dad and grandfather had smelted with that little 10 pound pot. The bullets came out very nice once I got the melt temp and mold temp set.

    Then...........I ordered an MP mold. Now I will have to melt down most of those boolits I made and turn them in to some works of art with the MP 270 SAA. At least this mold drops a bullet with a crimp groove and it is a 4 cavity for twice the speed. I also shouldn't have to beat the **** out of the mold with a wood dowel like I did the RCBS mold. I can't wait.

    Just run bullets for a few hours and then continue later. I reload ammo the same way. I have a dillon 550 and a 1050 with a bullet feeder. I work on it until I get tired or bored and then come back to it. There is no use in burning yourself out.

    Here are some of my soldiers ready to go:

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    If I try to cast that many at a time my wife thinks I'm ignoring her. So I leave it to about 200-250 at a time.
    Dont pee down my back and tell me its raining.

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    Still not started casting yet. It'll be next week sometime before I get things together to make ingots so I just figure I'd get all my brass in shape to load. Been tumbling it then resizing and de-priming it. Next I'll expand the necks and prime it and it'll be ready to load up once I start casting.
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