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Lee-ness

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by Zombie Steve, Dec 20, 2011.

  1. Zombie Steve

    Zombie Steve Decap Pin Killa

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    Just got a Lee 6 cavity mold for .45 230 tc boolits. I figgered for under $40 I don't have much to lose. Seems to throw good looking boolits, but the freakin' handle on the sprue plate already fell off.

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  2. GioaJack

    GioaJack Conifer Jack

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    I am too big of a man and all around humanitarian to say...


    I TOLD YA SO!


    So I wont. :whistling:


    Jack
     


  3. Zombie Steve

    Zombie Steve Decap Pin Killa

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    The strange Chineewood® they use sure does suck.

    Decent boolits, anyway.
     
  4. EL_NinO619

    EL_NinO619 EX-Swage Monkey

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  5. dkf

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    Arn't you the fellow that breaks everything? The mold never had a chance.:whistling:
     
  6. fredj338

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    You must have pissed Santa off to get that lump of coal for Xmas. I do like some of the Lee bullet shapes, but their molds are so hit & miss. SOunds like a good investment opp, making better spru plate setup for the Lee 6cav molds.
     
    Last edited: Dec 21, 2011
  7. fredj338

    fredj338

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    I think one of the guys there is making sprue plates for the Lee 6cav, but I could have read it wrong.
     
  8. sdelam

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    I did the samething with my first lee 6 cav, you have to let it get real hot. There is no way to force that spruce plate open without breaking it if it isnt hot enough. Lee sent me a replacement for free though. Now I use a electric hot plate to preheat my molds and havnt had any issues since.
     
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  9. WiskyT

    WiskyT Malcontent

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    The handle broke or fell off? The wood gets loose and slides off. The ID is square, so I turn it a bit and drive it back on the stud. Eventually, it will crack. I cracked my first one, on the mold handle itself, this weekend. It still seems to work, but eventually I'll have to replace it. I'll either drill out some round stock, or buy replacement wood from Lee.
     
  10. WiskyT

    WiskyT Malcontent

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    As far as making the sprew easy ro cut, yes, heat the mold on a hotplate. Also, make your first couple of casts by only filling the first few cavities, the ones closest to the sprew pivot.
     
  11. Colorado4Wheel

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    The handle slid off. I think he figured out how to fix it with out all these brilliant minds from the forum. I gave him a ton of advice on how to use a Lee mold. It should be ruined for good before the ball drops.
     
  12. Zombie Steve

    Zombie Steve Decap Pin Killa

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  13. blastfact

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    I've come to the belief a human can break any thing and it's always,,, I mean always the things fault. Or is it red paint. I rep Bell & Gossett Pumps. I've seen so called smart folks go out of there way trying to ruin them.

    Just last week I had a 400 hp pump on a cooling tower that was working until they screwed with it. Every body is pissed off from the over educated idiot PE/Engineer to everybody under his worthless arse. I go out,,, bleed the air out of it and off she goes. Problem is now $4k in mechanical seals are ruined and it leaks like a sinking ship. Run the seals dry she dies. Bummer boys!

    And it's funny how red pumps, blue pumps, orange pumps, green pumps, gunmetal colored pumps all seem to fail in the hands of idiots. Surely color has nothing to do with it. :)

    Bash On!
     
    Last edited: Dec 22, 2011
  14. GioaJack

    GioaJack Conifer Jack

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    Zombie, blastfact is calling you an idiot... I didn't realize he knew you so well. :whistling:


    Jack
     
  15. fredj338

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    Most Lee stuff comes in a pre broken state, it's not that hard to push it a bit further.:yawn:
     
  16. Zombie Steve

    Zombie Steve Decap Pin Killa

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    We went to different high schools together.

    The Lee-ness of it all.

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    Last edited: Dec 23, 2011
  17. Zombie Steve

    Zombie Steve Decap Pin Killa

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    I wasn't going to say anything about this, Mullah X, but that is the scariest thing I've ever seen. Came close to shooting my monitor a few times, but the PBR medication helps.