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Old September 18, 2000, 07:44 PM   #1
4V50 Gary
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There always seem to be a coat of rust on my Lee 4-20 pot. While I scrape away to remove it, it always forms. Does anybody else have this problem and what have you done to prevent it?
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Old September 18, 2000, 08:02 PM   #2
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All My lead pots rust, it does not seem to affect the bullets that I make, and it is way more trouble than its worth to remove it.

As you found, it returns overnight.

I just wouldn't worry about it. It will take 50 years to rust to the point where it is unuseable<s>


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Old September 19, 2000, 09:48 AM   #3
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Common problem, but not a big problem.

Try this. In between casting sessions, put the pot in a cardboard box that is just large enough to hold it, and put about half a dozen to a dozen mothballs in the pot.

As the mothballs sublimate, they drive away moisture laden air.

If that doesn't work, the area where you keep it is just too damp, so you'll need to try something with a better seal, such as a Rubbermail container or a very large (20 or 30mm) ammo can.

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Old September 19, 2000, 08:15 PM   #4
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I have the same trouble, but use steel wool
to remove rust and heat the pot a little and
melt Lymans bullet lube all around the inside
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