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Thread: Personal best-440 lbs of ingots in 2.5 hours

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    Boolit Master

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    Personal best-440 lbs of ingots in 2.5 hours

    Scored a bunch of X-ray shielding a while back, sagged out the Carolla pretty well! Finally got around to ingotizing it today. Used a turkey fryer with a half propane tank pot. The lead was already cut and rolled into 20-30 lb sections. A weed burner sped things up a bit. I've collected enough muffin tins to hold 50-60 lbs of lead. Melt a pot of lead, pour ingots, melt a pot of lead, dump previous ingots, pour next batch, repeat. Finished with a little more than half of a #10 can of slag. Should keep me in 38s for a while!
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    That's how I do mine. Gets it knocked out.

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    Thats a good days work! I have watched my time a few times. My pot holds between 350 and 400 pounds. I can have it melted and fluxed and ready in about 30 minutes. I run 7 or sometimes 8 of the Lyman style ingot molds. After 4 or 5 cycles the cooling time gets longer and I have to slow down. I usually have an empty pot in between 1-1/2 and 2 hours. I've gotten where I try to get a group together as having a helper speeds things up a good bit.

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    Well done! I am lucky to do 100# at a pop, I hate smelting down scrap.
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    That,s a good time, my son and I made 300lbs a few weeks ago and it took awhile longer than that.

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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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