Tonight the guys continue our 3 part series on casting bullets
- Get your ingots ready, as discussed in the previous podcast.
- Equipment needed
- Lyman Cast Bullet Handbook, (newest edition is Volume IV.)
- Lead pot, preferably a bottom pouring pot
- Safety equipment, (PPE) same as in last podcast.
- Flux, sawdust, crayons, candlewax, borax, automotive grease, etc.
- Stirring wand/spoon (a long handled iced teaspoon is excellent)
- Screwdriver for turning the needle valve.
- Mould Equipment needed:
- What are you going to cast for handguns or rifle bullets?
- Mould handles, some are not changeable, some can be changed for two cavity four cavities or even six cavities.
- Rifle moulds are usually one or two cavities. Handgun moulds can be as much as 10 cavities
- Where to get moulds: Lee Precision, NOE Moulds, RCBS makes moulds to this day, MidwayUSA, MP Mould- Slovenia, various suppliers, Accurate Moulds out of the state of Utah, Ballista-Cast.
- A "knocker" stick, or a rubber/plastic mallet.
- Heavy denim or canvas "catch pad" or 5 gallon bucket with water.
- Jim prefers Liquid Alox style lubricants, other folks prefer to use a Lubri-sizer with hard/firm lubricant.
- Rifle bullets require gas checks because of higher velocities. If this is the case, a sizing die of some kind is needed to squeeze the gas check on.
- Different methods of sizing.
- Push through dies, this is where you would apply gas checks.
- Lyman lubricator size 450
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