Yes it is simple and fairly accurate, but let's give credit where credit is due. Waco's technique was developed or perhaps refined by the late paint chemist, Ken Mollohan (Molly on the Boolits site). Btw, Ken was one of the founders of the Cast Bullet Association. who, for some reason posted more on the Boolits site than on the CBA Forum.
35 Whelen I can't thank you enough. It took me 5 minutes to craft that stand from a 5 cent water bottle and I was reading the dimple like a pro. All I need now is a good light source gizmo. I too want to know how the art pencils compare to the Lee 20x microscope but in the long run, knowing anything is much better than knowing nothing and that is where I was for years.
staedtler pencils are the only method I have used for years! It works; get the staedtler lead chart and you are right on! All you have to do is sharpen the pencils and flatten the point at a 90 deg angle These will not "lead" (sic) you a stray!
Waco and I tested the same bullet recently, him with pencils and me with a Lee hardness tester, the results were only about 1 bhn apart, which is really close in my estimation. The most useful aspect of a bhn test is being able to consistently measure bhn, not necessarily exactness.
If it is the system you use consistently it will work for you that really is all that maters!
That is the way I use it. Staedtler pencils and my alloys ...Not comparing it to anyone else's Just my alloys!
Works for me