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Just ordered everything I need to start casting. Just ordered one mold for right now till I see if I am gonna enjoy it or not. I figured that since midway was giving me a birthday discount on one order I might as well make it worth my while.

So I will now have a couple new sets of dies, melting pot, dipper, flux, alox, lee tl 38sp 158swc mold, bullet puller, and a few other things.

So any tips for the new caster?
 

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I'm not sue if I'll ever get around to casting or not. I just found a guy really close that sells cast bullets pretty cheap. I'm going to try them. If I like them, I may not get around to it.
 

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welcome to the cult of the silver stream. buy a GOOD pair of thin leather gloves. i use horsehide myself.. keeps thoase random spits of hot lead from hitting your hands. have a dedicated area for your casting equipment set up. putting it away and setting it up each time you use it wastes alot of time.

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I always wear leather boots, long jeans, long gloves & usually long sleeved shirt. I have a little air movement/venting going.

I drop the bullets into a pail of water. FWIW, I find casting bullets the purely 'fun' part of reloading.
 

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Welcome to the wonderful world of casting. Best tip is safety 1st. There is a lot of great info on another forum. Here is the link. http://castboolits.gunloads.com/ Check them out and spend some time reading their information and you'll save yourself a lot on the learning curve.

2 tips I'll offer now are do not let water, in any amount, get near your molten lead pot and get some bull shop sprue lube. It is available from a member on the above forum. 1 bottle will last just about forever and your molds will love you for it.

Feel free to ask any specific questions.
 

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Mornin hobbz,
I cast my own and made a few short vid's on doin it.

Check out this page and see iffin anything here can help.
 

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2 tips I'll offer now are do not let water, in any amount, get near your molten lead pot and get some bull shop sprue lube. It is available from a member on the above forum. 1 bottle will last just about forever and your molds will love you for it.

Feel free to ask any specific questions.
Believe me I know about the water and molten metal. I work in a steel mill and at least once a week hear/see a good explosion from water and metal trying to occupy the same space. We have have some felt 3 or 4 miles away from the plant.
 

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Well Hobbz guess there is no need to say more about a visit from the tinsel fairy. :cantlook: You've got that well covered.
 

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LOL tinsel fairy, I never thought of it like that. I have seen my share of metal/water explosions. (worked for aksteel). I plan on getting into casting soon also. good luck on your journey. I'm not far behind.
 

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no, that is kentucky steel, i work for ak steel. it is up 23 on the other side of ashland
 

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i have worked here for almost 3 years. got layed off last fall until jan of this year. but we are getting ready to run full blast again.

anyways, hopefull one day this weekend i will get to try to cast a few boolits
 

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just got done casting my first boolits. Out of about 150 i did, 77 came out good. i didn't notice till i was done, but sometimes when i closed my mold back up, it didn't line up right... But, I am hapy with the ones that turned out good.

They are lee 158gr SWC tumble lubers for 38/357
 

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hobbz,

Good going. Thats not to bad of a % turnout for the first time. As you gain experience the % good will increase. Are you using a 2 or a 6 cavity mold?
 

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oil the pins on teh handles when the mold gets warm and that will help with the alignment issues. mine do that all the time. cheaper molds like Lees require a little more tinkering to get 100% out of them. if you havent yet check out the castboolits forum 2TN posted above. i hang out there a little and there is lots of good info there.

SW
 
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