Originally Posted by kombi1976
I know this could well fit into the Cast Bullet forum but since that would reflect the resources and gear available for overseas shooters I thought I'd ask other Aussie guys what they use and what's proved effective.
Here are a few general questions as I'm trying to work out exactly how to begin myself.
What is your lead source.....wheel weights, fishing sinkers, recycled lead from the range, proper ingots from suppliers?
What sort of pot do you use......a special melter like the Lee Production Pot or simply a gas ring and heavy iron saucepan?
Which brand of moulds do you use: Lee, RCBS, Cast Bullet Engineering, etc?
Which cartridges are you loading for?
Do you work outside or inside with good ventilation?
What sort of safety gear do you wear?
Which specific tools/gadgets do you think are very necessary and/or invaluable?
Do you or have you used any hardening techniques; if so which ones and how?
Do you bother with gas checks?
What do you think is the single most important factor when making good cast pills?
As it's a long & detailed explenation I'll just covr the basics here Mate ! & mail you with a longer explenation
I tend to salvage most of My lead from the Range
like the Lee Production pot
I use all of the above mentioned moulds ,plus a typ that was made localy under the name of Bugg
Every thing I shoot I cast for
Both out side & inside with good ventilation
Glasses & Gloves
I've made up a small timber box that is just the right height to place a mould under the spout of my production pot as I really hate the mould stand that comes with the pot ! I use a plastic ended hammer to tap the mould handles to realise the bullet from the mould
I quench my Bullets in water ( a 2lt Ice cream tub with a spounge in the bottom )
Gas checks for .22,25 & 30 cal rifle
Good bullets ? when ya work it out tell me !!!!!!!!
Seriously . Preperation ,Practice & Patiance .