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Old 11-08-2011, 19:28   #1
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Is this a Bad Mold or is it me...

I can not get it to cast a good one. I know I am a newb but I close it as tight as I can and I have these little fins on the top of the Boolit. Also the Grease lines done match up.. I am trying my hardest but I just gave up.. About 200 cast and not one that I am happy with. Someone please help. And if its me be honest I just want to cast a winner..


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Old 11-08-2011, 19:30   #2
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25acp,.223,25-20win,.308, 8mm M, 7mm Rem Mag, 9mm,.40,10mm .45acp, .475 Wildey Mag
On 2 Hornady LNL's And a Super 1050

As Reloaders we should adapt the load to the gun, not the gun to the load.
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Old 11-08-2011, 19:31   #3
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maybe a pic of the boolits would help.
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Old 11-08-2011, 19:32   #4
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maybe a pic of the boolits would help.
I thought the same thing.... all those pictures of the mold but not one of a cast bullet.
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Old 11-08-2011, 19:35   #5
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On 2 Hornady LNL's And a Super 1050

As Reloaders we should adapt the load to the gun, not the gun to the load.
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Old 11-08-2011, 19:36   #6
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On 2 Hornady LNL's And a Super 1050

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Old 11-08-2011, 19:44   #7
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-If you hold the mold up to the light can you see the light between the two mold halfs?
-Do you have a temp gauge? I assume you are using a Lee pot. If you are IMHO you need a gauge.
-Can you see a visual misalignment of the molds?
-Do you have any lead build up on the mold faces?
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2nd picture in OP is mold being held agianst a light. Yes LEE pot not temp gauge.
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Old 11-08-2011, 19:52   #9
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Pictures suck for troubleshooting sometimes. Can you see light and answer the other questions?
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My septic tank is cleaner than that thing. Boil it until you get all that crap off of there... it looks like there's crud on the alignment pins, (lead splatter), and more crud covering some of your vent lines.

Get it clean and then start from there.


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Old 11-08-2011, 19:55   #11
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-If you hold the mold up to the light can you see the light between the two mold halfs?
-Do you have a temp gauge? I assume you are using a Lee pot. If you are IMHO you need a gauge.
-Can you see a visual misalignment of the molds?
-Do you have any lead build up on the mold faces?
That'd be my guess.

Get it hot, get the leading off with some steel wool (not sure if this is copasetic with alooominium molds).
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Old 11-08-2011, 19:59   #12
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How do I boil it... Well clean it that is. You can see light threw it, but like jack said there may be lead stuck on it. I just got it today brand new and used bees wax to lube it like LEE says to. Now it looks like Crap...
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Old 11-08-2011, 20:09   #13
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Can you boil an egg? Do the same thing... put water in a pan, put the mould in the pan, (you can put a piece of sponge under it to keep from scratching the pan), bring the water to a boil and let it sit in there for a couple of minutes.

Let the water cool until you can lift the mould out, (DON'T use cold water to cool it off), rub the whole mould clean with a rag.


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Old 11-08-2011, 20:15   #14
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Can you boil an egg? Do the same thing... put water in a pan, put the mould in the pan, (you can put a piece of sponge under it to keep from scratching the pan), bring the water to a boil and let it sit in there for a couple of minutes.

Let the water cool until you can lift the mould out, (DON'T use cold water to cool it off), rub the whole mould clean with a rag.


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I understood before, but sometimes its hard to tell if your being serious or just Fing around.. What happens if you put the mold in cold water when hot..?
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On 2 Hornady LNL's And a Super 1050

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Old 11-08-2011, 20:17   #15
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I understood before, but sometimes its hard to tell if your being serious or just Fing around.. What happens if you put the mold in cold water when hot..?

It'll end up like Wisky... warped.


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Old 11-08-2011, 20:25   #16
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Don't use Steel Wool on the mold.

I could never get a Lee mold to work UNTIL I used Bull Plate Lube. That stuff just works on aluminum mold. Your using too much Bee's Wax more then likely. It's running everywhere.

Go to CastBoolits.com to learn more.

Boil the mold. Pick the lead off it. Until you get the mold faces clean the mold will not work because it won't close properly. You where also running the lead way too hot. That is how it got into the mold faces. It's a health hazard to not have a temp gauge using a Lee Pot. They bounce from 700f on one day at setting 5 and the next day setting 5 will be 850F or more. Don't do it. Get a gauge. Running lead that hot is not a good idea for the mold or your health.
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After you do all that, it could be the mold. Lee are really hit & miss. If the lube/drive bnads don;t align, it's likely a poorly cut mold, happens quite a bit & there i sno fix. Then again, what can you expect for $30.
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Old 11-08-2011, 21:04   #18
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Boiled Cleaned and STILL showing light threw... I am calling LEE and getting a Temp Gauge and a Lyman Mold... It was fun until I noticed this. Now its just a headache and I'm Pissed.................

Steve as for the wax. I heated up the mold and touch the stick to it, And it went everywhere fast...

Very discouraged and may just stick to Berry's. But then again I just BOUGHT 200# of Lead...... UGH
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Old 11-08-2011, 21:28   #19
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Boiled Cleaned and STILL showing light threw... I am calling LEE and getting a Temp Gauge and a Lyman Mold... It was fun until I noticed this. Now its just a headache and I'm Pissed.................

Steve as for the wax. I heated up the mold and touch the stick to it, And it went everywhere fast...

Very discouraged and may just stick to Berry's. But then again I just BOUGHT 200# of Lead...... UGH
You're giving up after just one try?

I've done messed up worse. It will get better.

Little light showing through isn't the end of the world. Almost all my moulds are like that and they give me no trouble.

How did the wax go "everywhere"? Just lightly touch the alignment pins and let gravity do the work.

If you think buying a Lyman mould would solve all your problems and drop pristine bullets immediately, this isn't the hobby for you...
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I understood before, but sometimes its hard to tell if your being serious or just Fing around.
This made by day. Thank you.
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Boiled Cleaned and STILL showing light threw... I am calling LEE and getting a Temp Gauge and a Lyman Mold... It was fun until I noticed this. Now its just a headache and I'm Pissed.................

Steve as for the wax. I heated up the mold and touch the stick to it, And it went everywhere fast...

Very discouraged and may just stick to Berry's. But then again I just BOUGHT 200# of Lead...... UGH
Ah don't quit now! Casting has a learning curve, known alloy & a good mold help. I think iron molds are easier to get right for noobs & they are harder to mess up. It's easy to ruin an alum mold & even easier w/ the soft Lee. There is a reason their molds are only $30.
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Ah don't quit now! Casting has a learning curve, known alloy & a good mold help. I think iron molds are easier to get right for noobs & they are harder to mess up. It's easy to ruin an alum mold & even easier w/ the soft Lee. There is a reason their molds are only $30.

Hopefully the Lyman is worth it. I cannot believe how soft the LEE's are. The Mold guide is marring the mold..

I'm Not giving up, But I have a new respect for casting. Oh ya I also need to get a Sizer. My Boolits are ugly as hell compared to yours Fred, using that tumble alox crap..
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Yep, Lee molds are cheap for a reason. Lyman molds are excellent and will last a lifetime.
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Hopefully the Lyman is worth it. I cannot believe how soft the LEE's are. The Mold guide is marring the mold..

I'm Not giving up, But I have a new respect for casting. Oh ya I also need to get a Sizer. My Boolits are ugly as hell compared to yours Fred, using that tumble alox crap..
You can pan lube & size w/ a Lee sizer, tedious. You can often find a Lyman or RCBS sizer cheap on E-bay, but if you get serious about casting, the Magma/Star is the only way to go. Yeah, bever have been a fan of Alox lubed bullets, too sticky. There are ways to make them less so, but more hassle, the Star just does it right. Again, you are welocme to come by & try mine before popping for $200.
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