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Thread: New Leather Mallet made in USA who-hoo

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    New Leather Mallet made in USA who-hoo

    I started using that very old leather mallet in about 1970 when I first started casting with a single cavity mold and a Coleman single burner stove. At that time the old mallet was already old. I snagged it from my father's tool drawer. It has to be close to 80 years old.

    So I figured I could afford a brand new Made in USA leather mallet at the princely sum of $28 via Amazon. Its larger and quite a bit heavier but in practice its way nicer than the old mallet. Why did I wait so long? I didn't want to spend $28 for a new leather mallet, that's why! Fact is the new heavier mallet works much better when you have to smack the hinge pin to dislodge stubborn bullets. The heavier weight is also much better for knocking the sprue plate free. All in all something I shoulda done decades ago.





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    Good on ya.

    I'm a little surprised some of these guys here don't make their own from deer & other hides.
    Ya wouldn't think there's all that much to them.
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    I have the 6oz Made in USA one. A replacement for the one inherited from my father. Nether dad or I ever had a use for the thing until I started casting. It's the perfect tool for molds.
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    I've been using one, since I started casting.
    Never thought of using anything else.

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    Thats a nice looking mallet! I didn't know you could buy such a thing anymore!

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    you certainly got your money's worth out of that one.

    FWIW they're available in the print industry for setting rule in die boards. CCM sells them
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    I have 3 different weight leather mallets, like others, I can't imagine using anything else. they are more "accurate" than a wood mallet/stick and don't chip/flake.
    I use the mallet weight the mold requires, some open and drop easily -- small mallet, others need a little more encouragement. 80 years use for 23$ not a bad price if you ask me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lightman View Post
    Thats a nice looking mallet! I didn't know you could buy such a thing anymore!
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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    I have a Garland mallet too, still unused as I got it recently and haven't been casting while I recover from a few health issues. Mine is lead weighted, purchased on sale from an online jewelry working site.

    https://www.seattlefindings.com/Weig...-7_p_4320.html
    Last edited by kevin c; 01-27-2020 at 04:55 AM. Reason: Added link

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    ok everybody is liking these leather hammers for casting lead so what is the perfect size the 1,2,3 or 4 size

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    [I] used rubber wheel from a skateboard . Used a threaded rod for a handle. A nut and washer on each side to hold it in place.

    Have been using this for years.

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    I have sizes: 1, 2, 3. 1 is light and I use this a lot on easy open easy drop molds. For more stubborn molds I use 2. I found 3 to be too big/heavy so it now travels in my range bag. 3 is also good for starting lead in slugging barrels (I then switch to a hand sledge )



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    Quote Originally Posted by scotth View Post
    ok everybody is liking these leather hammers for casting lead so what is the perfect size the 1,2,3 or 4 size
    I like the 6 ounce, Jewelers Mallet, by Garland. Have a couple of larger sizes but they are more fatiguing.

    BTW, Garland mallets are cheaper on evil bay.


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    i think i will order a #2 and give it a try

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    hard to believe...made in USA

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    Quote Originally Posted by scotth View Post
    ok everybody is liking these leather hammers for casting lead so what is the perfect size the 1,2,3 or 4 size
    My theory is that whatever the #1 can do,,,,, the #4 can do better.
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    I ordered and received the one referenced from Amazon. It works better than what I was using for sure. I'd always used a wooden mallet but they would start to disintegrate after a while, then started using a delrin headed mallet. It still works fine, but the leather mallet makes for a dead blow and I can't help but think it is easier on my molds (I only tap on the handle screw). Good stuff!

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    I like a small 8 oz. dead blow hammer.
    The dead blow aspect delivers the hit power of a heavier hammer without the weight and no bounce off.

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    The leather mallets don't rebound either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kevin c View Post
    The leather mallets don't rebound either.
    Nope, they don't.

    I'm not really smacking the handle bolts hard anyway but the leather mallet doesn't harm anything. I doubt a small deadblow hammer could do any damage either. It's all about what your hand gets used to...

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