Fluxing and ladle casting

Ian

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#41
I'd break the edges without hesitation. Had to do that on all my MP moulds for the same reasons you outlined.
 

Brad

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#42
Breaking the edge is a good thing. I find it a right of passage when using really well made moulds.
 
#44
358156HP, Sir would you mind sharing what you used to cut the threads on your handle? I have a number one that has been long overdue to be shortened. Thank you.
 

Ian

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#46
I just did my new one and used an ordinary threading die and die handle. The best way is on a lathe because dies tend to walk and make crooked threads, but I was too lazy to change the threading gears.
 
#47
Anyone recall the size of the die? I suppose I could walk the handle into Ace and size it, but leaning towards Amazon... This would be my first threading experience
 

358156 hp

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#50
My threading die came from Ace, and it was perhaps $7.00 or so. Now I wonder if my ladle is a #1 instead of a #2. My shaft size is .25, and I used a 1/4-28 die. When you install your handle, run it down until the rod bottoms out, then back it off a turn or two before tightening. I doubt we'd see an issue with it being in contact with the handle full time, but everytime I assume something that's so easily preventable I end up learning something new at the worst possible time.
 
#51
My threading die came from Ace, and it was perhaps $7.00 or so. Now I wonder if my ladle is a #1 instead of a #2. My shaft size is .25, and I used a 1/4-28 die. When you install your handle, run it down until the rod bottoms out, then back it off a turn or two before tightening. I doubt we'd see an issue with it being in contact with the handle full time, but everytime I assume something that's so easily preventable I end up learning something new at the worst possible time.
As for #1 or #2 the difference besides capacity is #1 is 2 1/4" and #2 is 2 1/2" across the top. Thanks for the additional information and guidance. I normally learn things of this nature the "less than easy way" myself.
 

John

Active Member
#52
Bullshop had a casting business on the Montana.N. Dakota border and was moving back to Alaska. I bought his lead and lino about 1999. He used reject beeswax to flux with, including all the old bee parts and wax. A 1/2 tsp would be all I needed for a 20 lb pot. I have never found anything better, though almost anything will work.
 
#53
Well guys I jumped into the Rowell ladle club finally...
Man what an incredible piece of equipment for casting!!!
I just ran 2 new to me molds and the outcome was amazing to say the least.
I cast for about an hour and generated a decent pile of bullets.
It is slower than bottom pour but my reject rate was around 1 bullet in 50 poured!
Now that is amazing to me and the fill out was fantastic from start to finish.
Most uniform bunch of bullets I have ever cast in fill out and weight.

I would have to bottom pour a lot more bullets to end up at this mound of super high quality bullets.

All I can say is I am glad I jumped and I kick my self for not jumping sooner!!

I tried to attach photos but it keeps saying they are to large.

Thanks guys for all the info!
 

Brad

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#55
I don't find the ladle to be much slower. One big advantage is that most of the sprue dribbles back into the pot. That means the pot doesn't empty as fast so I get more bullets before I need to add alloy.

I can't image ever going back to bottom pour.
 
#56
I believe both of your statements are correct.
I usually cull somewhere around 20% because I am so anal about consistency.
This is slower but when I factory in less culls and the pot not draining as quickly because of the sprue pool just running back in I think it will actually be on pace if not just a touch faster.
 
#57
Oh and on a side note I finally found a good use for mold release.
I coated my new ladle with it and baked in on.
When it gets a little fury with dross I just tap it on the side of the pot and it all falls of and the ladle is spotless!
Give it a try it works super slick!
No gunk collects in the pour spout either.
 

35 Whelen

Active Member
#59
Haaaaaa......now I hear about big ladle casting. After I finally saved enough to buy an RCBS Pro-Melt. Oh well, they poured pretty good with the Lee 20 lb bottom pour...it can only get better with the new RCBS right?