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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 05-24-2012, 10:45 AM Thread Starter
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Casting bullets

Just some quick iPhone shots from last nights late night casting.

I finally got the .308 mould I borrowed casting well. It only took a really good scrubbing with the degreaser. Apparently the owner had it glopped with oil, so it's spotless now. I think I need to work on my alloy more. I don't think there is enough Tin in it.



My brand new K31 Mould. This can be cast for my Swiss rifle, SKS, Mosin Nagant, and probably my Remington 700 in .308. I need to figure out what I'm doing wrong, and/or add tin to the alloy to get it to fill in better. I see what the old timers mean when they say you need to learn what each mould likes. These are shootable, but not pretty. I'll figure out what this mould likes and next time I fire up the furnace.



I did a whole bunch of 1oz slugs. These seem easy to cast. I get a 90% success rate, and I figure that will go up with more practice and understanding. Fun thing about these, is I take cheap clay busting shot shells, cut the top off, pour the lead into the furnace, and drop one of these slugs into the shell. Cheap 12 Gauge slugs!



I'm still trying to get the Buckshot mould to work well. After an hour, this frustratingly little pile is all I have to show for it. I probably should gone with #000 which I think would be as easy to cast as the 1oz slug is.



I'll be writing a full on article for FireSpeed soon on my learning journey into casting. Lots of other articles to write first!

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you know you can buy ammo right? LOL

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eric are you fluxing your melt before pouring?

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you know you can buy ammo right? LOL
.308 ammo is about ~$.50 to $1 a shot

Lead, Brass, Powder, Primer - .025+Free+.161+.03= .21 a shot
And that's assuming I paid $1 a pound for lead, which I don't.

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eric are you fluxing your melt before pouring?
When I smelt the wheel weights to ingots I flux with oak or hickory saw dust to get all the crap out of there. Then I flux a second time with wax which (supposedly) also helps keep the lead from oxidizing.

When I have the ingots in the furnace, I flux with wax every 20 minutes per suggestions from the casting forums. Right now they are suggesting I (re)scrub the moulds giving me trouble with Dawn and Hot water, make sure to heat them well, and maybe add some tin to my mix since wheel weights seem to be short on tin lately. I'm looking for a radiator shop that might sell me their solder drippings, which are mostly Tin.

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I guess if you have a passion for doing it, but I can't see how it makes financial sense when you factor in your time spent, the cost of the tools and equipment, cost of your waste, etc.

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As long as he enjoys what he's doing and also saving some coin I don't see an issue.. just be safe and don't inhale or accidentally ingest any lead man! Also do you want to try this trick? http://youtu.be/yTOCAd2QhGg
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I guess if you have a passion for doing it, but I can't see how it makes financial sense when you factor in your time spent, the cost of the tools and equipment, cost of your waste, etc.
I don't sleep much. Also, I don't consider my time worth a terrible bunch when it's not like I can make cash every hour I'm awake...I might as well use it to do something.

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As long as he enjoys what he's doing and also saving some coin I don't see an issue.. just be safe and don't inhale or accidentally ingest any lead man! Also do you want to try this trick? http://youtu.be/yTOCAd2QhGg
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Reloading is fun so I don't factor in my time. I reload .308 at about .28 a shot vs $1-$2 for similar ammo.

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Reloading is fun so I don't factor in my time. I reload .308 at about .28 a shot vs $1-$2 for similar ammo.
My first reloads with the .308 using factory bullets, this weekend when it was like 97 degrees...I managed to get 3 shots in a row touching at 200 yards.

I'm going to revisit that powder and bullet combo and see if I can do that again.

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Reloading is fun so I don't factor in my time. I reload .308 at about .28 a shot vs $1-$2 for similar ammo.
what projectiles are you using for under $.28 ?
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Not sure what you pay per pound for lead, but I saw Home Depot had lead for sale today. It was sitting in the plumbing section but of course was not labeled nor had any prices. Just passing the word along to those interested.

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Not sure what you pay per pound for lead, but I saw Home Depot had lead for sale today. It was sitting in the plumbing section but of course was not labeled nor had any prices. Just passing the word along to those interested.
like in lead blocks?

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Yes. They were circular, and had some heft to them. Maybe 4" in diam and an inch thick.

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hmmm cool

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