Anyone cast with one yet?
Anyone cast with one yet?
I'm close. Hopefully next weekend.
Has anyone found the proper screw to hold the sprue plate on , and sprue plate stop screw ?
I've got one from yrs gone by that is in good shape. Great mould....
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3/8" fine for sprue plate, 1/4" fine for stop screw
I have been trying this and that to get casting with the mold so far I have , cleaned up the edges on the blocks to try to get a good level closing , reversed the pins to the other side of the blocks , taken the handle apart and adjusting the tension so it's not much play when opening and closing the mold , sacrificed a lee 6 cavity handles for the wood . Now the screws for the sprue plate were a problem the screw that stops the sprue plate needs to be a shoulder screw to line the holes up when poring , I found where I can order the screw I need but without knowing what size I need it stoped me . That's until yesterday I decided to sort through my pile of strange brass and start cutting up some to build up a spacer to fit over the standard bolt , I got pretty close and heated it up yesterday to cast a few . I had quite a bit of flashing on the base of the boollits in the middle of the blocks and some fining on the nose in the middle as well . So after it cooled down I took it apart again trying to clean up the place on the inside of the blocks that is stopping it from closing up good and level without over doing it , and reassembled it to sand the top of the blocks and the bottom of the plate . So today I tried it again with noticeable improvement much less flashing on the base , and just a fine line on the nose at the worst point . I don't want to do much to the top of the blocks until I get it closing up nicely but I can still see light between the blocks so there is more to be done on it . There is a spot well below the cavities in the middle that needs to be cleaned up some more but it's slowly getting better . All in all I'm having a good time with this project and appreciate the opportunity to get the chance of restoring this mold to useful condition again . How are some of the other ones coming along ?
Does anyone have a rough figure on how large the shoulder should be on that fine 1/4th inch bolt to stop the plate?
Last edited by .455 Webley; 03-26-2017 at 12:34 PM.
I came up with around .340 to get a good line up with the cavity and sprue plate possibly could be just a touch larger . I still haven't found the right size to order , but with some tinkering came up with something . I could send you a couple piece of brass that you could try making a bushing out of to figure out what you need .
Thanks for the measurement. I made one on the lathe today around .350 that should get me started. With any luck i will cast some this weekend.
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|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|