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    Quote Originally Posted by Moonie View Post
    I just use a gloved hand to open the mold...
    I feel vindicated.
    Until I saw the last few responses---I thought I was the only one that used a glove.

    When I get my rhythm going, with a mold that drops when ya open it, I can put a 1 or 2 cavity mold
    back & forth under the spout about every 10-12-
    sometimes as much as 15 seconds with the sprue eased back into the pot.
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    12 inch piece of 1x2 pine or my gloved hand. Depends on how stubborn the sprues are that day.

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    gloved hand with an old wood hammer handle handy to tap a sticky boolit out if needed

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    I bought an old wooden Louisville Slugger baseball bat at a local flea market, I cut the hand grip section off and use it to open my sprue plates. Works great.

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    I use a stick. :/
    Looks to be curly maple, probably ripped from a 1x board. When that one fails, I'll grab another piece of scrap wood from the pile.

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    If using one mould it's opened with my hand. With multiple moulds I use a hammer handle.
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    I use the old Soft Plastic Sprue Plate Mallet my Deceased Uncle gave me. He told me he bought it in the '70s It is still looking almost new. All his reloading equipment was either Herters or Lyman, as the mallet head is Light Orange I am thinking it is Lyman.

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    All my six and eight cavity gang molds have the Lee style cammed sprue plate opener, but I still use a hammer on the handle bolt to tap out stubborn boolits. I've used plastic solid and dead blow hammers, and lead weighted dowels, but they all get chewed up. I've since started to use a Garland lead weighted rawhide mallet. I am now a happy man.

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    Another plus for rawhide hammer. You can pick them up at leather supply shop/store. Been using the same one for 55 years.

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    I used a rawhide mallet but lost it during a move, I now use a 1" diameter x 12" long piece of Derlin.

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    My favorite seems to be a hammer handle. Mike Venturino posted here that he liked a dead blow hammer so I got one. It works well but itís much heavier than a hammer handle. I also have a well worn rawhide mallet that my mentor used to open sprue plates. Iíve used them all but even if all three are on the bench I keep grabbing the hammer handle.

    I also use sprue lube and once a rhythm is established the sprue opens easily with a gloved hand.
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    Hardwood dowel, inch to inch and a half. When one gets beat up cut another piece. One dowel can be cut to 4 usable sprue plate whackers.

    When you're looking around the shop a lot of stuff can be used as a "hammer"

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    NAPA 1 pound rubber mallet $5.99.

    https://www.napaonline.com/en/p/BK_5...AaAiPcEALw_wcB

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