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Thread: Automating the Master Caster - Another way to skin the cat

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    It's getting there.
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    Hatch,

    Are you still making these for sale? I'll be moving back to the States sometime this summer and I wanted to start saving up some funds to buy one. I really like what you've done with the automation panels.

    BTW, what's the cast rate with a automated Master Caster with 2 cavity mold versus, say, a Lee 6 cavity done by hand? I know if you run 2 hand casting molds at the same time it can really speed up production, but my hands would wear out fast I'd think.

    My goal is to eventually have an automated Master Caster and a Dillon 1050 w/an Ammobot. Do you think you could automate a Dillon too? <-- I could be like that smiley!

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    Yes I still make the panels. I have a listing in Swap and Sell.
    You can get between 600 and 750 boolits per hr on average.

    The advantage with the automated caster is you can do other stuff while it works and it produces commercial quality boolits provided you feed it with good lead.


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    You should get around 600-800/hour. I have had mine running pretty fast, over 1,000/hr but you start to have issues of heat making lead stick to the mould. Run it as fast as you can to get good quality, the best part is, you can sit back at just feed it lead.

    A lee 6 banger will do more, but it is more taxing on your hands if you run two at once.

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    i get 720/hr and has Hatch says, one can "multi-task"....i lube and size at the same time....
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    My automated MasterbCaster will do 800 per hour but when you add lead to the melting pot and allow the melted lead come up to temperature the average will come down to an actual rate of 600 cast bullets per hour. When I run the automated Master Caster I cast for several days and cast 8000 bullets using several molds for different caliber cast bullets. All of the cast bullets are powder coated over a few days after the casting machine is mover to a dedicated storage location.
    The machine is mounted on a steel structure made from 1 inch square tubing, swivel casters are mounted on the bottom legs of the steel structure.
    Most of the powder coated bullets have a home made gas check installed on the base of the plain base cast bullets. I make the gas check makers with my lathe in the shop behind my house.
    I am 72 years old and have the available time since I retired at the age of 70.
    All of the cast bullets are used by me self, my family and a few friends who help with the casting and powder coating. I do not sell cast bullets as a business, I cast as a hobby only.
    The casting machine is ran about ever 4 months so as to have bullets available for reloading.
    I have 16 different molds for the automated casting machine most are from the machine manufacture but a few are converted RCBS molds.

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    hatch,? on your control panel, my master caster is setup in a non heated garage (separate building), will the control box handle cold temps dipping below zero at times

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    The operating range is 32f to 120f
    I believe if the panel isn't powered up at zero you would be fine.

    I can look at installing a heater to keep the panel above 32f


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Abbreviations used in Reloading

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