Aint she Purty ? let us know how they come out, mine seemed like it wanted to work, but having your lead up to temp and pouring fast seems to be in order. I would like to hear how it works for you and see you methods.
Yes, mold, sprue plate and sample of plate lube are all top notch. Cleaned and smoked my mold but didn't have any keepers out of the 50 or so I tried. Was using the hot & fast method myself. Mostly got the wrinkled finish. I think my lead is still a little on the pure side and I need to add more tin. They are coming out dead soft still so I doubt I am up to even 10:1 on my tin yet. Most of my lead has come from counter weights and such that we have pulled out of machines that we have scrapped out. I do have some #2 alloy that I got from a guy and have been mixing that in to try and smooth things out. I have been having the same issue with all the cast bullets I've been trying so I know its me and my lack of practice other than the molds. My best ones have always been the hot and fast ones until things get too hot.
So? it was a weekend, any progress ? I am going to buy some propane today and fire up a big outdoor pot and maybe try some real ladle casting, though most likely will do up a batch of my new 45 cal 330's for my wheel gun and lever before I get to excited about the long skinnies.
just a thought, I used a turkey fryer, a coffee can and an rcbs ladle, no smoke no magic mold release. melted the lead and cast beo's till the bullets were coming out frosty ( too hot ) then turned the pot down to minimum on the turkey fryer, I found that if you turn the mold sideways mate it with the ladle and right the whole works give it a second then lift the ladle ( while twisting it to stop the pour) I got perfect fill out and results after just a few warm ups. over all pretty impressed. I think they look good.
Last Edit: Oct 21, 2011 10:22:57 GMT -5 by greywuuf
RE: the Beo.... yeah those came from a 2 cavity MiHec mold from castboolits as well. its a "cramer" mold with the side mounted hollow point pins. came with 3 sets of pins, this is the smallest hollow point I have two larger, or I can invert the pins and run em as solids. pictured with no GC installed they are right at 370 grain.
That Cramer mold ROCKS! throws great bullets they drop "like rain" and it is easy. Suppose I should put up a picture of it.
No, I have yet to chamber a tok barrel. My "barrel" is still a 1.5"x 32" Pac-Nor blank. I seem to be having trouble locating the tail stock for my lathe. Once I get serious and find that though, I should be good to go.