Oh where to begin…
My lead is all from wheel weights, I try to get a good blend of stick on and clip on and then melt them into ingots,
I use a LEE hardness tester to check and get between 12.5 and 13.4BHN, it is recommended to aim for 12BHN or better (from memory).
It is a bit tricky to use but there are others out there.
I use the CBE mold (CADET#2R) 2 cavity. You will need to buy handles for it as they do not come with it, CBE sells nice handles but they are expensive. You can buy LEE handles as they fit or a better way is to buy the handles that @MaxJon makes because they are the ducks nuts and very well priced.
The specs for the mold are below…
310 Cadet #2 R (castbulletengineering.com.au)
This is the best bullet choice for Bertram Brass, 125 grain weight"
Bullet OAL - .670"
Nose Length - .322"
Nose diameter - .311"
Heel diameter - .307"
Bullet Diameter - .323"
As stated they are recommended for Bertram brass which is what I brought, If you buy a mold from CBE you can also get the Bertram brass from them as well at a good price.
Bertram 310 Cadet Cases (castbulletengineering.com.au)
I did not worry about sizing them as they turned out pretty good but if you want to size them LEE do a sizing kit for them, .311 for around $48 + postage
Lee Bullet Lube and Sizing Die Kit (ozgunmart.com.au)
I also coat mine with Hi-Tek coating. A container goes along way as you use 20 grams of powder to 100 - 130ml of Acetone. I use 7ml of the mix to give around 350 projectiles a single coat. You can do multiple coats depending on how bad your OCD is, I normally do 3 coats but you can easily get away with 1 or 2. All you need is a container to mix it in, a syringe, a bucket/container to put the projectiles in, a small oven that can hold a temp of 200C, a small mesh tray to put them on, gloves and a few Bourbons to have while you wait.
if you are on StalkBook you can look at his page and you order through him by email/phone.
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This is how the coating comes to you.
Here are the instructions for you to look at,
Coating Instructions - Hi-Performance Bullet Coatings
These 4 projectiles are 158gr 357Mag and show from left to right, as cast, 1 coat, 2 coats and 3 coats.
As you can see even after 1 coat they are covered and you don’t need to lube them.
The colour is Zombie Green, waiting for the Covid infected to turn
This one has been hit with a hammer 3 times to check to see if the coating flakes off, it doesn’t .
Most of the equipment you need you can grab from the kitchen (at your own peril) or pick up from a second hand shop, a spoon like a soup spoon for scrapping off the dross (crap at the top of the melted lead), a laddle to pour it into your ingot mold if you go down that path. Other stuff are;
Good gloves like welders gloves,
Candles so you can put in the pot on top of the melted lead to collect the impurities (other stuff can be used like sawdust)
A lead pot, the most popular is the LEE bottom pour, Lee Pro 4 20LB 220 Volt Lead Furnace Bullet Casting 90948 (ozgunmart.com.au)
Also most importantly only cast or melt lead in a well ventilated area.
I have probably forgotten heaps but this will get you started and you can always ask more questions plus YouTube is a god send…
Forgot to put in a photo of the finished product, 310 Cadet coated in Candy Apple Red.