I was wondering if someone could explain the basics of casting to me. What equipment would I need? How much would the total cost of the necessary equipment be? Is it worth it?
The furnace has a faucet on bottom, you lift the handle on the furnace to open that faucet to fill the ingot mold, or the bullet mold., then release the handle to shut off the faucet.Do do you just pour the lead into the mold?
What are the steps from lead to bullet?
It will depend on the size of bullet.How many bullets can you typically make from a 1/2 lb ingot?
It aint easy,Thanks Jim! Where do you get your lead, if you don't mind my asking?
Did you buy pure lead? You may not need to add anything to it. An easy way is to just use a little solder.Alright, I decided to go for it. I bought a lee pot, ladle, ingot mold, mold, sizing die, and some welding gloves. I have 26 lbs of lead on the way as well. I didn't get a bottom pour pot because I didn't want to spend $60 and I don't mind spooning it into the mold. I'll probably upgrade later.
Now, one more question:
I need to find some tin to mix into the lead. Any suggestions for finding sources other than buying an ingot?
Get you a set of artist pencils. Push the pencil across the lead ingot. Use progressively harder pencils until one digs in. It's a good and accurate way to test for hardness. The set can be bought for about $10 at any of the big box stores. If anyone is interested in can post up what pencil number equals what brinnel hardness after I get home this weekend.I think maybe Lee - or is it Lyman - sells a hardness tester fairly cheap. If the lead you get is really lead + ?, that would be handy. Saeco sells a nice one, but it ain't cheap.