Discussion in 'Firearms' started by HK_User, Nov 8, 2018 at 13:48.
Off Grid Melt Pot.
No, but I do have a pretty slick cast iron ladle that can do about 12 .50 cal bullet pours per melt!
You can some times find them at thrift shops and antique dealers!
Soup cans can also be used, bend a pour lip with a pair of pliers and you got a instant melt pot/storage pot!
While I have a plain lead pot for casting, I will use the electric one as long as I can. Over heated lead gives off fumes that can harm you, lead at the wrong temp makes lousy bullets, and controlling the temp with a thermometer has not worked well for me. If you were casting 25 or 50, plain pot is ok, above that the electric pots are so much handier that I would hate to go back.
Been told that it is even more critical once you start to use alloy for casts, haven't really tried, so don't know.
I use a frying pan for my first pass at junk lead, then the pot above at my second pass, and then an electric bottom pour to blend and pour Boolits.
A quality non contact Thermometer is best in all cases and I find junk lead melts at about 450F.
I have a small gas fired bottom pour that dpoes a great job, but goes through the propane pretty quick! Need to find an alternate to that one. It's really designed to do high volume like fishing weights and not slow single bullet pours! My electric is too small to do more then a hand full of bullets at a time!
BTW add steel and zinc to what you might find in a bucket of wheel weights.
Have all 3 cast iron is for ingots
Electric is for volume
Pee wee is for hard times only
On the go model.
I have one like that that fits perfectly into the center of a big truck brake rotor. The rotor acts as a heat sink and directs the heat from the fire to the pot and lets me avoid that heat when working with the ladle and molds. It's also a handy surface for knocking off the crud that collects behind the dross gate on the ladle, and for keep multiple molds up to temperature during an extended casting session. I like muffin molds for ingots. Small ones for soft lead and larger ones for wheel weights and harder bullet alloys.
Have been using soup cans to melt lead for at least 22 years.
I wonder how well an Induction CookTop would work on a Cast Iron Pot for melting Lead for Projectiles?
I doubt it would stand the heat for long.
AN ANSWER> Induction - cast iron - lead smelting?
Got a cast iron pot for melting lead. Put it on my Coleman stove,I'm good
DAD and I just use the gasoline blow torch for melting lead ,still have a few.
I've "run ball" while at rendezvous with a lead ladle , round ball mold and a campfire...
That always attracts a crowd...especially after winning a rifle match with a ball you cast a hour before...
Those lead pots in the OP work well with a BBQ grill or campfire as well.
Just finished a Pb related job. Added a ballast box and 300 lbs of lead to the tractor to increase stability. Had to harvest a lot of wheel weights for that job.
Some pictures later.
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