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Beware Owner
12-30-2009, 12:32
And what have you done? I haven't cast anything, but did get around to testing some in my .357 Sig, they shot sweetly. Lead whores, I command thee to come forth!

GioaJack
12-30-2009, 12:51
I take exception to being referred to as a 'lead whore'... I am a connoisseur of malleable metal possessing a low melting point that is suitable for transformation into a shaped projectile to be fired from a firearm, be it metallic cartridge or muzzle loading black powder.

Oh alright... I'm a lead whore. What do you want to know?

Jack

Patrick Graham
12-30-2009, 13:29
My last casting session was about 650 rounds of .451 225gr RNL from a Lyman 4 hole and about 300 rounds of .401 175gr TC from a Lyman 2 hole.

I also rendered about 75lbs of range lead into ingots.

RustyFN
12-30-2009, 14:59
My last casting session was around 600 bullets. I use a Lyman four cavity 200 grain SWC, 452460. I shoot these in my 1911 45 auto.

fredj338
12-30-2009, 15:24
Did some smelting last Sat. & cast some 45-70s. I need to get to scrounging some more alloy. I'm down to about 1200#!

BigDog[RE]
12-30-2009, 16:24
My last casting session was around 600 bullets. I use a Lyman four cavity 200 grain SWC, 452460. I shoot these in my 1911 45 auto.

Awesome mold! I use that one most of all, and I shoot them through my 1911...

Bob2223
12-30-2009, 19:16
The last I cast were 40 and 45 HPs.
Cast quite a bit this summer and still have plenty of 40 175 gn TC and 200 gn 45 SWC's about 1/2 of the 40's are sized & lubed.


Bob

chewybaca67
12-30-2009, 21:26
Did up about 400 or so 125 grain .358 cal using my Lee 6 banger mold. Winter is "casting season." Gonna cast all my lead supply this winter then get some lead berm minning done come spring.

Bones507
12-31-2009, 04:48
Casted some 230 gr swc in 45 two weeks ago, was so damm cold in the garage that it was a bit of a hassle keeping the mold and the sprue hot. Rounds came out nice and shot well, about 300 of them.

WiskyT
12-31-2009, 05:30
I fired up my new Lee 6 hole 40 cal 175TC. WOW! It's my first 6 cavity mold. I just kept tossing ingots in my 10# pot and it would still be empty. I just cranked it up to the highest setting and slipped an ingot in after preheating them on top of the pot. There was always one on top, one melting down, and one going through the nozzel. It was like one of those westerns where they are shoveling coal into the firebox of the choo-choo to outrun the Injuns.

They ended up at 0.402-3" and chamber unsized in my Beretta96 and G27. So tumble lube unsized and downrange they go.

I also brought home 100# of range scrap which will give my about 75# or so of lead. The buckets are too much trouble to move around if they are more than 1/2 full. I go to the range at least once a week. There is all the lead I want yet I still feel compelled to overfill the buckets. I'm going to just leave the bucket in my pickup and take 30# only home with me each time I shoot. If I shoot 4# of lead each time and bring home 20-30# I'll be way ahead of the game. Wait, I am way ahead of the game already, I am a whore aren't I?

RNG
12-31-2009, 05:54
Approx 1500 130gr .311's from Lyman #311410 two cavity, 500 .452's from Lee 6 cavity, and 400 or so .401's using Lee 6 cavity.

Lyman's 2 cavity dumps some very nice boolits but a 2 cavity is slow going.

Cheers,
Richard

srd
12-31-2009, 06:37
Last night..cast 400..200 grain..from a Lyman 4 cavity 452460 mold and about 200 from a 4 cavity S&G 4 cavity mold also 200 grain for my 45 GAP. Yes i am a lead whore and proud of it. Been casting for over 25 years. If i cant shoot cast bullets through it i have no use for it.

PBKing
12-31-2009, 10:09
Cast around 100lbs 230 .452 and 100lbs 175 .401 last month.
Getting ready to smelt down this months haul.
http://s141.photobucket.com/home/scheptic/recentuploads?view=slideshow
(http://s141.photobucket.com/albums/r58/scheptic/?action=view&current=Picture001.jpg)

fredj338
12-31-2009, 10:12
Cast around 100lbs 230 .452 and 100lbs 175 .401 last month.
Getting ready to smelt down this months haul.
http://s141.photobucket.com/albums/r58/scheptic/?action=view&current=Picture001.jpg
That's just painful. Out here, tough to even find lead ww & then getting them is another story.:crying:

PBKing
12-31-2009, 10:15
Ya gotta get them to come to you.

WiskyT
12-31-2009, 11:01
Update: I'm making ingots as we speak. 30# so far and another 10# easily left in the pot and bucket to be melted. So my half bucket of range scrap is yielding an easy 40# of ingots and I have two of them. That's 3,000+ 40 cal pills from what will amount to a couple of hours of watching the Three Stooges (Tres Stagione for Jack) which are on AMC all day today.

I think I'll just do a bucket a week and stock pile ingots. I have enough bullets for a few months. It's easy to knock out a bucket of scrap even on my hotplate and 3qt stainless saucepot.

chewybaca67
12-31-2009, 11:03
I just cast out a Demon I been wrestlin' with all night. Just flushed it down the toilet.

GioaJack
12-31-2009, 11:13
Update: I'm making ingots as we speak. 30# so far and another 10# easily left in the pot and bucket to be melted. So my half bucket of range scrap is yielding an easy 40# of ingots and I have two of them. That's 3,000+ 40 cal pills from what will amount to a couple of hours of watching the Three Stooges (Tres Stagione for Jack) which are on AMC all day today.

I think I'll just do a bucket a week and stock pile ingots. I have enough bullets for a few months. It's easy to knock out a bucket of scrap even on my hotplate and 3qt stainless saucepot.


I'm changing channels from FOX to AMC right now... too bad it's not in HD.

Jack

CTSixshot
12-31-2009, 11:55
A few weeks back, with a surge of ambition, I melted down some wheelweights (about half of the contents were not lead) and mixed it in with some existing stock of ingots and cast some fine, if I do say so myself, 311008's. There's a Lee 308 mold w/o markings that puts out a gas-checked 200 grainer that looks like the Lyman 257418, too.
You know shooting has been sparse when all the brass is loaded and I have nothing left to reload. Heck...I've resorted to loading 30-30, 35 Rem. and a few others that I don't even shoot!

WiskyT
12-31-2009, 11:58
I'm changing channels from FOX to AMC right now... too bad it's not in HD.

Jack



HD eyegouges would be sweet!

Three-Five-Seven
01-01-2010, 17:14
I did about 1,000 180 grain Big Lube bullets for the 38/40 last week. Got a few big matches coming up and wanted to get ahead of the game. Having to cast bullets on a tight schedule to get ready for a match is a pain.

snair
01-01-2010, 18:03
not trying to thread jack but the guy i buy my slugs from has got an automated setup. couldanyone tell me where to look for one. thank you

Bob2223
01-01-2010, 18:17
not trying to thread jack but the guy i buy my slugs from has got an automated setup. couldanyone tell me where to look for one. thank you


http://www.magmaengineering.com/

snair
01-01-2010, 18:27
http://www.magmaengineering.com/
:wow: cost quite a bit but thank you for the link

dudel
01-01-2010, 18:31
Did some Truncated Cone for 9mm and 45ACP a few weeks ago. May run the pot this weekend.

fredj338
01-02-2010, 00:49
:wow: cost quite a bit but thank you for the link

Yeah, not for the hobby caster. I have one fo the MagmaCasters, got it way back when they were more affordable. It uses a 2cav mold & isn't any faster than a 4cav & a bit slower than a 6cav but you can literally cast for hours & not get tired, just keep pulling the handle & adding alloy.:supergrin:

snair
01-02-2010, 00:58
Yeah, not for the hobby caster. I have one fo the MagmaCasters, got it way back when they were more affordable. It uses a 2cav mold & isn't any faster than a 4cav & a bit slower than a 6cav but you can literally cast for hours & not get tired, just keep pulling the handle & adding alloy.:supergrin:i would be a hobby caster haha i would like to cast some for myself but i have never done it. the price keeps going up where i buy them and was curious to see what it would cost to do it on an automated machine. there are 2 somewhat local guys that have those setups. at one it costs me 26 dollars for 500 200 swc 45s. the other guy charges about 40 bucks. i know they are both cheaper than when i used to shoot laser cast.

Bob2223
01-02-2010, 10:31
i would be a hobby caster haha i would like to cast some for myself but i have never done it. the price keeps going up where i buy them and was curious to see what it would cost to do it on an automated machine. there are 2 somewhat local guys that have those setups. at one it costs me 26 dollars for 500 200 swc 45s. the other guy charges about 40 bucks. i know they are both cheaper than when i used to shoot laser cast.


You would be surprised at how fast you can make a pile of 45s with a 6 cavity mould.
I like the $ saved on bullets but I also enjoy casting.

snair
01-02-2010, 11:25
You would be surprised at how fast you can make a pile of 45s with a 6 cavity mould.
I like the $ saved on bullets but I also enjoy casting.
i would like to save cash but time is my big problem, i may try it though. i saw a rookie setup on the lyman site but i think i can figure it out.

fredj338
01-02-2010, 14:19
i would be a hobby caster haha i would like to cast some for myself but i have never done it. the price keeps going up where i buy them and was curious to see what it would cost to do it on an automated machine. there are 2 somewhat local guys that have those setups. at one it costs me 26 dollars for 500 200 swc 45s. the other guy charges about 40 bucks. i know they are both cheaper than when i used to shoot laser cast.
Unless you get your alloy for free, you can't beat that price. I would buy 10K at a pop & not look back. If you pay $2/# for alloy, those same 200grLSWC will run you about $60/1K to make yourself not counting the gear.:whistling:
Bob is right, a 4 or 6cav mold can run a pile of bullets in no time. Add a Star/Magma sizer & you can do 1000 bullets, ready to shoot, in about 2hrs. That's about what most guys on a progressive are doing to reload 1000 rounds.

snair
01-02-2010, 15:02
thank you i wasnt sure how much it cost to cast your own

WiskyT
01-02-2010, 18:01
I -plugged the pot in at 1530 and unplugged it at 1800. 27.5# of Lee 40 cal 175TC. That 6 cavity is sick. I would have made more but I just couldn't keep the 10# pot full. If I added a few ingots, the melt got too cold. If I waited for it to heat up, the mold got too cold. So I had to strike a balance of putting the sprews back in every few casts, put in a 1/2# ingot here and there while a 1# ingot preheated, and putting in a 1# when they got way too hot to touch on top of the pot. It worked, but it was a bit tedious.

A 20# pot would work better, and if my 10# ever dies, it will get replaced by a 20#. I could also premelt lead on my hot plate and just ladle some into the botom pour pot as needed. I didn't think the circuit could handle it, but I guess the Lee pot is only 500W and the hotplate is 1000W. It's a 15A circuit so it will be close, but it should work. I have to get a splitter for my power cord.

GioaJack
01-02-2010, 18:28
I -plugged the pot in at 1530 and unplugged it at 1800. 27.5# of Lee 40 cal 175TC. That 6 cavity is sick. I would have made more but I just couldn't keep the 10# pot full. If I added a few ingots, the melt got too cold. If I waited for it to heat up, the mold got too cold. So I had to strike a balance of putting the sprews back in every few casts, put in a 1/2# ingot here and there while a 1# ingot preheated, and putting in a 1# when they got way too hot to touch on top of the pot. It worked, but it was a bit tedious.

A 20# pot would work better, and if my 10# ever dies, it will get replaced by a 20#. I could also premelt lead on my hot plate and just ladle some into the botom pour pot as needed. I didn't think the circuit could handle it, but I guess the Lee pot is only 500W and the hotplate is 1000W. It's a 15A circuit so it will be close, but it should work. I have to get a splitter for my power cord.



Buy an RCBS Pro Melt and be done with it. (Of course if you keep telling the wife to fetch you the remote her next husband may be using your furnace.) :whistling:

Jack

WiskyT
01-02-2010, 19:02
Buy an RCBS Pro Melt and be done with it. (Of course if you keep telling the wife to fetch you the remote her next husband may be using your furnace.) :whistling:

Jack

For $354.00 I'll just suffer as is. I have no doubt it's a great pot, but I could run several Lee pots for that price. If I end up running several pots, I'll just get a black power cord and run it off my neighbour's house. I don't want to end up with a power bill that will be PC for a search warrant.

Bob2223
01-02-2010, 19:17
Buy an RCBS Pro Melt and be done with it. (Of course if you keep telling the wife to fetch you the remote her next husband may be using your furnace.) :whistling:

Jack

$355 ! :faint:

For that $ you can get 6 Lee pro 4 20 lb bottom pour furnaces! :wow:
And if your wife's next husband gets it your only out $57.99
(on sale at Midway right now) :whistling:
http://www.midwayusa.com/viewProduct/?productNumber=645810


Bob

fredj338
01-02-2010, 21:23
$355 ! :faint:

For that $ you can get 6 Lee pro 4 20 lb bottom pour furnaces! :wow:
And if your wife's next husband gets it your only out $57.99
(on sale at Midway right now) :whistling:
http://www.midwayusa.com/viewProduct/?productNumber=645810

Bob
Yeah, it's hard to justify $350+ for a pot to melt lead in. I would buy an RCBS in a heartbeat if money were not an option, but it almost always is. The lee 20# P4 works fine. It's almost mandatory for running gnag mold. I use my old 10# for casting LHP as the production rate is pretty slow & I add 1# ingots of pure lead when it gets to 3/4 full. This keep sme going at a reasonable rate. The 20# is perfect for 4 & 6cav molds. The one thing nice is the RCBS is insulated & the therm is quite a bit better. Kind of like my now very pricey Magma Caster.:wavey:

Beware Owner
01-04-2010, 14:36
Man, I see the whores have been busy! Good to know we have more on GT.

PBKing
01-07-2010, 11:56
http://i141.photobucket.com/albums/r58/scheptic/Picture003.jpg (http://www.glocktalk.com/forums/%5BIMG%5Dhttp://i141.photobucket.com/albums/r58/scheptic/Picture003.jpg%5B/IMG%5D)

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In spite of the Holidays it looks like the start to a good month. Anybody got a Bullet Master I can borrow?

Check out the keel weight. 90# Another great source for lead. Guy has 77 of them.

Beware Owner
01-07-2010, 11:59
http://i141.photobucket.com/albums/r58/scheptic/Picture003.jpg

In spite of the Holidays it looks like the start to a good month.

Check out the keel weight. 90# Another great source for lead. Guy has 77 of them.

Mmmmm, lead.....:drool: