RLP 090 - Casting Series Part 1: Where to Start

Hello, and welcome to the Reloading Podcast here on the Firearms Radio network.   Tonight the guys are starting over with talking about casting boolits.

  1. Todd Senne:It would be great if you guys could talk about the proper techniques for using measuring tools. Do you just go until it touches or do you need to push until it clamps in solid. I'm having a hard time getting consistent readings. Thoughts?
  2. aquiring lead.
    1. New
      1. Rotometals (can supply antimony and tin)
      2. Rotometals Alloy page with Brinell info
    2. recycled,
      1. Wheel weights (getting harder to find as places are switching to other metals)
      2. other casters (Facebook Group Cast Bullets & Bullet Casting, eBay)
      3. recycling centers (scrap yards)
      4. old Linotype
      5. Hospitals (medical shipping containers)
  3. Tools
    1. Heat source
    2. rendering pot (must be substantial you’re going to be putting a lot of heavy metal in the thing!)
    3. slotted spoon chefs grade
    4. safety equipment (Personal Protective Equipment aka PPE)
    5. ingot pans
    6. locking pliers and adjusting pliers
    7. ladle 1cup ladle is about 2 lb. of lead
    8. ball peen hammer
    9. Well ventilated area, preferably outside
  4. storage
    1. Kitty litter buckets
    2. five gallon buckets
    3. milk crates
    4. if at all possible keep the lead alloy bone dry.

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