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 Post subject: A blast to cast, an idea that will last
PostPosted: Mon Dec 26, 2016 8:05 pm 
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I took the dive a week or so ago and ordered a RCBS Pro-Melt pot. Came in last Monday. Haven't done any thing with it just yet but am lining up everything that this broke dude can afford.

Can't wait to load up .45 AR for the 1917.

I noticed RCBS has developed some pincher pliers for their molds. Thought I would have to hold the mold together with gloved fingers unitl it was too hot but would be the correct temp for the lead to freeze. Of course it would just be right moment to drop the two halves and have the bullet fall out.

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 Post subject: Re: A blast to cast, an idea that will last
PostPosted: Tue Dec 27, 2016 11:03 am 
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Well you could do it that way but then you would still have to drill through the sprue to get the bullet away from the plate . Production is rather slow using that method , but if it makes ya happy and you can't afford the excellent handle RCBS makes ................................. :)

Do remember to flux and clean the lead often and you pot will last as long as mine has . I bought it in the early eighties I think it was .

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 Post subject: Re: A blast to cast, an idea that will last
PostPosted: Tue Dec 27, 2016 7:01 pm 
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Ooooooo. Good point on the sprue plate. Guess I'll have to get some deluxe mold pliers after all.
:shock: :D

I have a three pound block of bee's wax plus two bee's wax dinner candles sitting on top of the pile. I think it is on the Rome-conquers-Gaul level. I have read that a lot of guys use it for their casting pots so who am I to argue with smart folks.

I figure I can use the candles for a candle light casting session with some gun babe if I can ever find one. It'll be sooooo romantic.

All kidding aside I think all I have to pick up is the mould handles. Got a couple hundred pound of lead, eighty-five pounds of Lino, the mold, and the pot. I can't think that there is anything else to do a run.

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 Post subject: Re: A blast to cast, an idea that will last
PostPosted: Wed Dec 28, 2016 7:38 am 
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You are well on your way to getting it done , now all you need to do is have your local power company install electricity :)

Whatever you decide to stir the melt with make sure it is dry before you stuff it into the molten metal . With my Pro-Melt I use an old iced tea spoon riveted to a home made wooden handle . On the six hundred pound pot I use either angle iron or a 2X2 .

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 Post subject: Re: A blast to cast, an idea that will last
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Electric? Who has that kind of money? I bought the coal fired Pro-Melt. Runs on anthracite because anthracite gives a constant output at casting temperatures. And since it is a high carbon, low impurity coal I can use it as a reductant for the lead to get the tin into the melt.

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