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    Boolit Buddy
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    Old Lee Pot

    I picked this up for $20 at a gun show this weekend. I need to get the lead out of the bottom to see if the bottom pour still works. Hopefully it all works out.


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    Has anybody tried affixing a wooden handled screwdriver type of apparatus to the top end of the flow control valve stem so the handle is above the pot. I think it could be a quicker way of controlling the drip art a touch faster, henceforth a better rhythm and better boolits.

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    I think my old dutch oven cost me $5 at a flea market. It works great.
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    Stupid me .... I never thought of the dutch oven. Well it's Harbor Freight on the way home. I want to make or find a better way of making the ingots. I saw the homemade mold, but what did you use metal wise (type and thickness). I have the standard 1/2 to 1 pounders, but I would like to make 3 - 5 # ingots. I use the old muffin tins to get close to 2#, but they do not hold up long. I shoot a lot and need to speed up the process.

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    Id watch this show. lol

    My "big" pot is a shorty 50 gal. water heater cut in half. I removed the valve and put a new one from homedepot because the one on it had to use a screwdriver to turn it. Holds about 2000 lbs full but I have never put in more than about 1k. I can use the valve as a bottom pour if I heat it enough but sometimes I have to use a blow torch to keep it flowing. I use a ladle a lot of times still. I use either wood or propane for fuel depending on my mood. Will post pics later. (dark out now)

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    I found and old cast iron pot at the flea market that I use for my rough melt to clean up my wheel weights. I also have a couple of Lee production pots that I tried using on Sunday with disappointing results. I guess I am going to have to use my cast iron pot from now on unless someone has a better electric pot than the Lee one.

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    Well I just bought a small lee dipper pot. Wasn't looking for bottom pour. I've got a good dipper and I'm comfortable with it.

    So now instead of making a mess of my wifes kitchen I can just sit down in my man cave and make booolits.

    To top things off my sweet wife brought me home a nice big pewter plate she found at the second hand store.
    I figure I'll smelt that down this morning.

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    Bob comes across as a pain in the keester, imo. Arrogant.

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    Any idea of what this is?
    Found this at a yard sale. It appears to be for melting lead, except for the threaded hole in the bottom. It also has the numbers 242 on the inside. Does anyone know what this is, besides a heavy cast iron pot with a hole in it?

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    If you run across an old RCBS Pro-Melt pot that looks like it has had thousands of pounds of lead thru it's spout and you aren't sure if it's safe to use I have a solution for you. Send it back to RCBS and they'll put in all-new electrical components, pot and valve for about $100 plus sales tax, where applicable. Works like a new one, looks like it's been around awhile. I like that!
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    I just scrounged a 8" long 6" dia piece of 3/16" steel pipe and a 1'2' piece of 1/4" steel plate. Plan is to cut a 1'1' square of plate and weld the pipe in the center for a casting pot . The flats of the plate should work well for warming ingots and pre heating molds.
    I think my old pick up camper will make a great casting room this winter. I plan on using the propane stove in it for a heat source. Its an old camper that has made its last trip on my trucks. Ive been thinking about hauling it to the landfill. But, I think it will make a great casting room .
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