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Casting equipment questions.

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by atakawow, Apr 27, 2011.

  1. atakawow


    Jan 19, 2009
    Seattle, WA
    I'm getting into casting and about to order the equipments. I do have some questions before taking the plunge:

    1) Furnace - Lee 20lb pot with bottom pour. Question is, 110v or 220v?

    2) Molds - Lee 2-cavity. Question is, on the Midway web site, some Lee molds are listed as tumble lube and some aren't. I want to tumble lube, but I like the non-listed tumble lube designs better. Can I tumble lube the non-listed as tumble lube bullets?

    3) Lube and sizing - Lee Alox lube. Question is, is it necessary to size the casted bullets? From the reviews I read regarding the Lee molds, it seems like the bullets are true to size and sizing isn't needed.

    4) Flux - What do I use to flux?

    5) Lead - Assuming I will be using tire weights from many different sources. How do I determine the hardness of the final product?

    6) How the do you convince your significant other to let you cause a huge mess on her (mine :whistling:) yard?
  2. GioaJack

    GioaJack Conifer Jack

    Apr 14, 2009
    Conifer, CO
    I'm not the one to ask... I have 3 ex-wives.


  3. Samsondog04

    Samsondog04 Life NRA Member

    Feb 4, 2007
    110 Volt AC in the USA at 60 Hertz. The 220 Volt AC is for Europe at 50 Hertz and in some cases maybe 60 Hertz.
  4. EOD3


    Oct 19, 2000
    Jack covered the basics for you. This site has a BUNCH of hard-core (no pun intended) casters: You'll find a lot of useful information in the "stickies".
  5. Colorado4Wheel


    Nov 2, 2006
    I have a 220V and a 110V of both pots. The 220V works a little better on heating up from cold. Not sure if it's because it's newer or because of it having a slightly different design.

    For the record, your house has 220 in it already. It's not worth doing it for that little heater.
  6. noylj


    Jul 20, 2010
    I ordered 110V since I don't have 220V outlet available. If you have 220V outlet, then that would be good to use.
    I like steel dies OR 6 cavity Lee dies.
    I gave up sizing back about 1985 or so. I started using a sizing die that was the same or 0.001" larger than as-cast bullet diameter. Then I started pan lubing.Then I started tumble lubing.
    I recommend any one casting to:
    1) slug their barrel to determine groove diameter
    2) ensure their as-cast bullet is at least 0.001" larger than the groove diameter.
    3) Tumble lube with LLA or Xlox to start with. Do not use so much lube that the bullets are a golden-brown. I pour about 500 at a time into a casserole pan, squirt a little LLA, and shuffle the bullets around (like shuffling dominoes) until all the bullets hae a wet/glossy look. Pour them onto wax paper and let dry. Don't worry if the are still tacky after 24 hours--store bullets in a cardboard box, load them and put the loaded rounds in an ammo box, go to the range and shoot them.
    4) From here, you can determine what changes/improvements to your casting/lubing you want to make.