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Thread: RCBS wooden mallet

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    Boolit Buddy

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    Wood mallets keep splintering small pieces off, so made one using straight copper fitting poured full of lead with a bolt through a wood handle. Does not bounce, works good.

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    A friend bought one of the RCBS mold tappers years ago when we first started casting. It would drop splinters and small pieces of wood in his freshly cast bullets. Not really a big deal and I think he still uses it today.

    At the same time I started using a plastic mallet. I'm guessing that it weighs 6 or 8 oz. It has a brass body and the plastic part is about 3/4 inch in diameter. When casting, I never put it down. I'll open and close the bottom pour lever control with my trigger finger, hit the sprue cutter with the plastic hammer, tap in the mold handle bolt to drop the bullets, close the sprue cutter with the side of the plastic hammer and continue on. It sounds complicated, seeing it in print, but it actually works quite well.

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    I like a heavier knocker than a hammer handle. I use a piece of cherry that is about 2"x12" Gives a solid whack instead of those taps that lighter instruments do. For those that want something heavier, you can easily find suitable dowel stock at a hardware/lowes. Either oak or birch would be acceptable, Not poplar. Buy a piece of the desired diameter and cut it to length.

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    Thanks, everybody, for your insights. For those that say they 'push' the sprue plate open, how do you push open a hardened sprue? The rawhide hammer type seems bulky for my casting table. Otherwise, there is a rough consensus for hickory. I'd love to have some sticks of sycamore or osage orange about 2" in diameter.

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    I am new to casting, but an experienced wood turner, so I made my own..... Here it is:

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    Yea, I know it will not look this good for long......

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    Having enough Osage orange in Missouri to drive most farmers nuts, I agree with beagle. Tough stuff!! Secondly, what tray999 said. I have access a wood lathe and am going to turn one out tomorrow. My old hammer handles are worn to a point on both ends and not much account any longer.
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    Been using a plastic headed mallet for last 30 years or so. Used to use the wooden mallet then a plastic one that a friend turned out of materlial like a cutting board.
    Making a mallet out of Bois 'd Arc would be quite a mallet!!

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    I would suggest make your own. Salvage an oak or hickory handle out of a shovel. Cut it to your desired length then drill out a tapered hole in the center down a few inches. Pour melted lead in the hole to add whatever weight you desire. Wrapping the tapper end with a few layers of duct tape softens the blow and aids in keeping the wood from splintering. A duct taped layer of thin foam will make a soft handle. One old handle will make several.

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    I had the wooden RCBS mallet, it was too light so it took multiple hits to cut the sprue and doing so splintered off small slivers of wood. Eventually half the diameter split off in one great chunk.
    I tossed it out after that.
    Now I just use a piece of maple 1”x2”x12” when it wears out I cut another.

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    I used an RCBS mallet when I first started casting. It worked fine and I eventually wore it out (millions of splinters over several years). Now I use pieces of tree limbs I cut, sand and finish. They are free for me and work just as well.

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