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Casting your own balls

How many cast your own? And what equiptment do you use...electric, propane, or over a fire, etc. etc.?

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I use an old, like at least 30 year old, Lee Electric melting Pot. I bought a new one that has the bottom spout but it is always sticking open. Makes a mess! I use Lee molds. The trick in using these is to cast maybe 40-50 balls then let the mold cool down, This prevents warping the mold. I usually trade off between .45 and .50 caliber molds. I usually put a little Beeswax on the mold to help the balls from sticking.
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I figured an electric pot would be more convenient.

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I bought my dad the LEE lead melting pot with the bottom pour spout. It works great. Just gotta keep it clean. Take it apart and clean the stopper. It will stop the leak or really slow it down. Dad sat his on a piece of wood then put a tuna can below the pour spout to catch anything that drips out.

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i,ve had 2 of the lee pots. one leaked and one didn't but the guys i lent them too didn't mind either way. i never got either back. lol

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Re: Casting your own balls

I have both a Lee and a Lyman melting pot with spouts on the bottom. The problem is that when I do mold, i make enough so I won't have to do it again for a while. The electric pots cool down to much when new lead is added. I use an old deep side cast iron skillet on a white gas coleman stove. I can melt about 30 pounds at a time, and it doesn't cool off too much from adding a few pounds.

I'll mold 440, 490, 535, 570 and 620 balls, 500 grain 45-70 bullets, 450 grain 50-70 bullets and usually few hundred of each round ball and maybe 150 each of the cartridge rifle bullets. That's over 11 pounds of 45-70 bullets at one session. For several of these, I have 4 cavity gang molds which consume alot of lead in a hurry.

I open the molds just an inch or so over a tin tray which is set on a slight slope so the balls and bullets gently roll down to one end and out of the way.
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get a good laugh, years ago when I still worked -on entering the house which was closed up when arriving from work it smelled awful. In the kitchen the old man was boiling stuff on the gas stove. I had done the same thing the first time I made homemade soap with lye but I was a 20 something idiot. He was 40 something. The lead was filling the house and I almost passed out before I opened all the windows and turned on the fans. It was not his first time making lead shot but it was the first time in a house built for northern weather. His grandma's house was a tarpaper home in rural Ala. Oy Vey, keep your windows open.
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For years I used a pot on a camp,double burner,stove and ladle.Just this year I picked this up.Works a lot better.

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I use a Lee bottom pour furnace that I had the spout welded closed because it always leaked. Now I use a dipper and it works great. I cast 2 different size balls eg.(.495 & .530) at the same time to keep the mold from getting too hot. I scrounge all the lead I can find.
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Re: Casting your own balls

Do you guys use wheel weights for your round balls? I have heard so many conflicting opinions on wheel weight lead for muzzloaders.

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