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Old January 16, 2011, 12:17 AM   #1
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Cast my first bullets tonight!

So I cast my first bullets tonight! 230 grain, round nose. Man, my new 20 pound Lee production pot goes HOT. I got my lead melted, and then turned it down to 6. Checked with a thermometer and I was up over 900 degrees! I added a few more chunks of lead to bring the temp down - finally got a consistent 650 degrees at about level 3.5.

Had a few cold shots and then it made good bullets. I kind of expected crisper grooves, but this is for tumble lube. I'll post pictures tomorrow.
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Old January 16, 2011, 10:51 AM   #2
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crisper edges require higher temps or a touch of tin. I prefer to run around 725-775*. Keep up the good work!
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Old January 16, 2011, 11:13 AM   #3
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It's tough to beet the Lee setup - nice choice! I too have had trouble filling out the groves totaly. I think a lot of it comes down to the alloy and how clean the lead is. The batch I have in now is filthy.

That reminds me - I should probably cast a few this winter yet. Nothing worse than casing in the summer when it's 90F.
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Old January 16, 2011, 11:27 PM   #4
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Nice. I need to warm up the garage so I can cast a few 45's as well.
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Old January 16, 2011, 11:47 PM   #5
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I have a new 45 mold I want to get warmed up.
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Old January 16, 2011, 11:51 PM   #6
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Congratulations maillemaker!

What kind of mold did you use?

I have an RCBS 45-230-RN (230gr round nose) and a Lyman 452374 (225gr round nose). I love the RCBS mold–it is super easy to cast with, and it closely matches the profile of a standard FMJ bullet. I wish that RCBS made molds larger than 2 cavities, it would sure make casting more efficient.
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Old January 17, 2011, 07:04 AM   #7
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I spent the last two days casting for 9mm, 40, and 45acp.

Gettin my stock back up for the comeing warmer climate.
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Old January 17, 2011, 08:43 AM   #8
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I'm using Lee molds.

Pictures here (scroll to bottom):

http://www.forth-armoury.com/temp/bullets/bullets.htm

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Old January 17, 2011, 09:19 AM   #9
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Doesnt look like they are good enough to shoot... send them to me and that way you dont have to hassle with bad bullets.
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Old January 17, 2011, 08:34 PM   #10
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done a lil more castin today... after we done some clay bustin..



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Old January 17, 2011, 10:36 PM   #11
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Nice piles of boolits!!!!

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Old January 17, 2011, 10:41 PM   #12
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Tkx Steve...

... like some of the others here... I like to cast this time of year...

... casting when its in the 90s dont take a long time to get rather toasty.
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Old January 17, 2011, 10:45 PM   #13
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Disco I could not agree more. For me perfect weather for casting is cold, wet, and crappy. Since I will not be shooting in God awful weather I can do some casting for when the weather is nice, and all I have to do is go to the range. Shoot to slide lock, reload, and repeat till all ammo is gone. Then go home and start the process all over again.
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