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Thread: Well I discovered a lil problem...

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    been there done that. started casting one afternoon about halfway through I stopped for a little break drying the sweat from my glasses I managed to leave them somewhere so I just put on safety glasses instead, after finishing up I soon discovered why I had glasses, one of the alignment pins had dropped completely out of the mould!!! Rats now I'll have to dig thru that pail of bullets to find it, that's when I realized I had cast 3hrs of good bullets and about 4hrs of off-set bullets no doubt for an asperly aimless with an overbore offset. Oh the demons of age have struck again the good side was that there is no such thing as a bad casting experience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brass410 View Post
    been there done that. started casting one afternoon about halfway through I stopped for a little break drying the sweat from my glasses I managed to leave them somewhere so I just put on safety glasses instead, after finishing up I soon discovered why I had glasses, one of the alignment pins had dropped completely out of the mould!!! Rats now I'll have to dig thru that pail of bullets to find it, that's when I realized I had cast 3hrs of good bullets and about 4hrs of off-set bullets no doubt for an asperly aimless with an overbore offset. Oh the demons of age have struck again the good side was that there is no such thing as a bad casting experience.
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    cw you should always wear glasses when casting. Mine have been splattered with lead on more than 1 occasion.

    Once you get the alignment pins set, you will need to keep an eye on them.
    Is the mold too tight to the handles?
    I had a set of handles that didn't align with the mold until I enlarged the holes?

    Keep the pins lubed with synthetic 2 stroke oil (Stihl is good)

    I keep the oil in a needle tip bottle these are also great for oiling your guns and press, they allow you to dispense "micro drops"
    like these https://www.amazon.com/Needle-Applic...le+tip+bottles
    I haven't had oil foul a cavity after lubing the sprue screw since I started using these bottles 1 "micro drops" and your good to go.
    A couple micro drops on a lowly q-tip then lube the mold pins before and during the casting session will diminish the possibility of the pins slipping again
    if they do slip you can tap and use set screws or peen the mold depending on how close the pins are to the edge.

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    My RD mold did the same today. I was casting along when I looked and saw light through the cavity. I had to try other things, but I believe it is the pins, which are a cobalt blue color.


    The last time I used my Lee 160 gr rn sc mold it did the same thing, so I mixed some J B Weld, poked the pins in and filled the holes with the goop. I didn't try that mold today. It is the very first mold that I ever bought for a 30/30....
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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