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    Virgin Cast!

    Well here is the Good the Bad and the Ugly of my very first casting attempt! Wow I have a lot to learn and need a lot of practice.

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    I am not even a novice, so they look good to me! Have you got voids in some?
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    Unpainted minions?
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    Actually for a first try, it looks just fine. All of your equipment is totally new to you and you have to learn to judge the temperature of the lead, the dipper, and the mold. You'll do much better on your furtue attempts. Thankfully all casting that don't measure up can be returned to the lead melting pot.

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    I gotta story for this....

    Many years ago in a Galaxy far far away I cast a lot of button nose 148gr wadcutters (RCBS 80231). I would cull my deformed bullets and toss them in a coffee can...back when coffee actually came in a can. One day, I was a little short of bullets and I said what the heck, let's see how bad they really are.

    I was still trying to learn how to shoot at the time. I had been shooting a lot off of sandbags, at 25 yards, trying to see how tight I could get my revolvers to group and then each outing try shooting a bit standing up. I had a few American revolvers with 6"-8" barrels and they were shooting under 2" at 25 yards frequently. A "bad" group when I screwed up would open up to maybe 2 1/2" at the worst. But under 2" off sandbags out of one of the Pythons, the Dan Wesson, or the S&W Model 14 was pretty common.

    Guess what? The culled bullets with the visible voids or rounded edges shot just fine. I couldn't tell the difference. I only had about 50 rounds but had multiple sub 2" groups and nothing was more than the usual upper limit of 2 1/2". Go figure.

    So those bullets may shoot just fine.
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    Are you pouring with a dipper? Or from the pot-spout on the bottom of the pot? In either case, make sure the mold aligns squarely with the spout. No lead leakage, and hold it a second until the mold fills completely from the pressure of the lead in the pot/dipper. Then, kind of pull away, so the sprue builds on the top of the plate a touch. Let it cool a couple of seconds, because the lead in the center of the bullet is cooling, and will "draw" some lead from the sprue.

    You WILL have a few cold pours until the mold warms up to proper pouring temperature. ( I leave my mold sit on the back apron of the pot until I begin, it helps a lot. I have an old Lyman pot with a flat apron on top/back.)

    Let the bullets cool a second or three in the mold before striking the sprue-plate. Keep the handles held closed firmly when striking sprue. This seems to help prevent "smearing" on the underside of the sprue-cutter.

    With the mold you are using, bullet variations will probably be no more than +/- 4 grains when you check them. If you have a core-void it will show in weight. And at +/- 4 grains, you will not see any appreciable difference in shooting. Only when you are getting really fussy and really good will you start to sort for 2 grains.

    Great looking start, and keep casting and shoot more for less!
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    This has become easier since a member on Cast Boolits explained there are no mistakes, they magically disappear back into the shiny stuff. No Witnesses!

    Current melting setup;

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    So as you can see I am using a Lyman ladle for my pours. It is a learning curve! Was just about to go weigh and measure the good ones to see what I've got and was interrupted by a Phone call. Sure I'll be back with questions after I'm done with that.
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    fill a pan with cold water and put a kitchen towel or rag in the bottom. that'll become a water quench tank and will harden your projectiles and minimize deformation. Drop directly from the mold into the water.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peacemakr40 View Post
    fill a pan with cold water and put a kitchen towel or rag in the bottom. that'll become a water quench tank and will harden your projectiles and minimize deformation. Drop directly from the mold into the water.
    Am aware of that except at this time I am going to proceed slowly and one step at a time. For now I am dropping them onto an old towel and will tumble lube these to become familiar with how they behave. After that I will then try quenching and then compare results.
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    I don't particularly have any pearls of wisdom for you. It's been a while since I've done any casting. One day when my location allows I will start back up. I've got all the stuff. All I can tell you is that I found that the speed at which you cast makes a difference. You need a steady pace that will help maintain the proper temperature range for the mold. Aluminum molds tend to cool-off or overheat relatively quickly. But they are inexpensive and don't rust.

    Traditional iron molds can take a bit to get going but once there tend to stay there. I never overheated one from casting too fast. I have got aluminum molds too hot from casting fast. But you can use two, swapping them out, which slows you down. I found with a single two-cavity aluminum mold I had to consciously slow myself down a little. Which isn't a bad thing. But I use a bottom-pour furnace which probably sped things up a good bit.
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