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Which lead for casting round balls and Lee REAL bullets?

Old 06-22-2018, 06:13 PM
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Default Which lead for casting round balls and Lee REAL bullets?

I'm considering casting round balls and REAL bullets in .50 and .54 calibers. Never done any casting. I've been reading and watching videos.

Is pure 99.9% lead what I would need to use? Will be shooting them in Lyman and Pedersoli rifles.

Been looking at Roto Metals site. https://www.rotometals.com/pure-soft...99-9-5-pounds/

Any suggestions and/or guidance on casting would be greatly appreciated. I also have Lyman's Cast Bullet Handbook. Just got it.

Many thanks,

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Old 06-23-2018, 04:49 AM
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Personally I like my lead a little harder then pure lead. I add approximately 3 oz of wheel weights per lb of pure lead. You above link's lead is pretty costly. You may be able to find it cheaper if you do a search at your local Marketplace on Facebook.
Or if you're like me you have a long distance friend that occasionally sends me a box full of ingots.
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Old 06-23-2018, 04:52 AM
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Both would normally be cast from pure soft lead. Flux your lead when it is at pouring temperature, don't get the lead so hot it frosts. If you get into it on a regular bases a temperature controlled lead furnace or pot will be worth while.
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