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Thread: Help!!! lol Stuck ingots

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    Quote Originally Posted by 44magLeo View Post
    Just read this whole thread. The Sand casting sounds like an easy way. The town barn is just up the street.Take a half sheet of plywood, 2x4's around edge fill with damp sand. put in wedges of 2x4 in for forms, tamp in place. Remove the forms, let dry. Cast away.Easy clean up, just pour the sand out. Very slick Idea.Have to try when I get the next batch of ww's saved up.Leo
    Sandcasting scares me, get a piece or two of sand stuck in the alloy and scrape up a set of dies -- no thankyou, I'll stick with the angle iron ones I make, cut a slight taper at the ends for easy drop out . Stack well, ship well and load easily into the pot
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    Quote Originally Posted by Walks View Post
    I Just read this thread through for the 3rd time. I know that folks cast their own bullets to save money and/or shoot more.
    I grew up at a time when the only way to get bullets for loading was to cast your own.
    So forgive me if I don't understand the pennywise/poundfoolishness of many bullet casters.
    Cast Iron ingot molds from bullet mold manufacturer's came out sometime in the 1950's. Before that old cast iron cupcake pans and other shapes of cast iron that could by used. I keep my cast iron ingot molds clean and oiled, I never have any "release" problems. I have some ingot molds from SAECO & OHAUS that may even be older than me. (64 in March) I use the different brands of ingot molds to pour/store different alloys. I even have some blank one's and a triangle/scone pan to store unknown range lead, which differs in hardness with every batch. I've been buying these branded ingot molds at swapmeets,gun shows & garage sales.
    I guess what I'm trying to say is don't skimp on some thing that actually is an important aspect of our bullet
    casting techniques. Cast Iron is safest and easiest to use. Please use it. The few extra bucks will make life easier. After the pie shapes from the scone pan can even be labeled with a marksalot.
    I have been doing the same thing. Using different shapes for different alloys, and marking some with a magic marker until I got a punch set. I only have a couple CI ingot moulds but have used steel muffin pans with good success too. Steel might not last as long as cast iron but is ok for now. When mama wanted a new grill I got the old one for smelting. (I did learn the hard way to add extra support to the side burner, lol!)

    Almost everyone has an electrical Multi-Meter nowadays. They have zillions of attachments for them too. I picked up a K Type thermocouple probe for it that plugs into mine and lets me know exactly what the temp of my casting lead is. When I started paying attention to temperature my boolits all got a lot more consistent. If anyone casts and is not measuring temperatures of the melt...you're sorta casting in the dark.

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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
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