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melty balls
« on: May 25, 2013, 03:36:59 PM »
Got my new smelter, the 20lb bottom feed... Will try it out soon.

Any tips off the top of your heads for first firing it up? I have Lineman lead (the mixed hardness) to make my first rounds from.

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Re: melty balls
« Reply #1 on: May 25, 2013, 04:47:34 PM »
Hi CrazyAce, is yours a Lee pot?
I was outside melting some lead(soft lead) in my Lee pot. It's not a bottom pour one. I casted some .454 balls.
I spilled a little HOT lead on my finger...OH!!!! It hurts bad.  :'(
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« Reply #2 on: May 25, 2013, 05:19:44 PM »
I use a twenty pound bottom pour myself, I try and keep the BP lead soft, you can break or damage a loading lever if the lead is to hard.

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« Reply #3 on: May 25, 2013, 10:05:44 PM »
I would seriously hurt myself with gloves. I've been casting since 69 and only been burned twice(knock on wood)First time was when I was 12 and stuck my hand down on an eye that had been turned off but was still hot enough to brand my palm and a few years ago I dropped a sprue and it went inside my sneaker with no sock on my foot. It hurt but had cooled enough it didn't raise much of a blister. I didn't lose much time getting the shoe off tho. ->i
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« Reply #4 on: May 25, 2013, 10:24:00 PM »
Sammy, you sure do keep us amused with your mishaps! {:(
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Re: melty balls
« Reply #5 on: May 25, 2013, 11:55:51 PM »
I dont have the 20lb Lee but have heard a few "stories" about them! I suggest you head over to castboolits, there is a stickie on that forum about getting the best out of the Lee bottom pour. I only have a 10lb one (hard to get the 20 over here), I would strongly suggest having the pot in a tray or having a tray under the spout to catch drips :)

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« Reply #6 on: May 26, 2013, 03:51:30 AM »
Sammy, you sure do keep us amused with your mishaps! {:(

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Re: melty balls
« Reply #7 on: May 26, 2013, 06:24:00 AM »
I dont have the 20lb Lee but have heard a few "stories" about them! I suggest you head over to castboolits, there is a stickie on that forum about getting the best out of the Lee bottom pour. I only have a 10lb one (hard to get the 20 over here), I would strongly suggest having the pot in a tray or having a tray under the spout to catch drips :)

The drip with mine isn't that bad. it just builds up a little mound on the aluminum plate. When it gets big enough a pair of pliers dumps it back in the pot.
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« Reply #8 on: May 26, 2013, 07:21:23 AM »
Well, someone has to keep ya guys laughing!  [-=      (7%
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Re: melty balls
« Reply #9 on: May 26, 2013, 02:45:36 PM »
The drip with mine isn't that bad. it just builds up a little mound on the aluminum plate. When it gets big enough a pair of pliers dumps it back in the pot.

Mine either, I have a chunk of 4x2 with a large hole drilled in it to catch drips - the timber serves also as a rest for my 6 bangers :)

I dont leave mine unattended, if I had a larger pot and did leave it then I think I would have it resting in something

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« Reply #10 on: May 26, 2013, 03:07:41 PM »
Some days mine will leak some not, but its very little I just pick the drops up with pliers and put them back in the pot.
Mine also sits on a piece of half inch thick marble.
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Re: melty balls
« Reply #11 on: May 27, 2013, 02:32:18 AM »
Thanks for the info and anecdotes..
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« Reply #12 on: May 28, 2013, 02:09:42 PM »
I have both an RCBS and a Lee 20 pound pot. The Lee gets the bulk of the work; doesn't leak as much as some would lead you to believe. On the few occasions it starts to drip, a simple couple of twists with a screwdriver on the valve seat rod stops it. Some people put a weight of some kind on the handle to keep drips from happening. I keep a 3" metal screw-on jar cap under the spout and it catches any drips that do happen; then just use a pliers to pick it up and dump back in the pot.