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Old March 21, 2011, 12:00 PM   #18
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I've got 4 Lee molds. Haven't had any problems with them yet.

I smoke the molds as the Lee manual suggests. I use a candle. The soot does not seem to last very long though.

I just read recently (can't remember where) that the purpose of the soot is not to lubricate the mold or act as a release agent. Instead, what I read said that the soot acts as an insulator to prevent the lead from cooling too rapidly on the mold walls, permitting better fill-out.

For what it's worth,

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