First time casting

My first good bullet casting session. Used a Lee TL356-124-2r 9mm and a Lee TL452-230-2r bullet mold. Once I got use to it, it was very fun.

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John's Hand Loading
John's Hand Loading

How AWESOME is that?!?! You are MAKING your OWN bullets! Once you got rolling it looked good. It will only get better with time. Sometimes things get finicky. Usually the molds get better with time for me. Hot lead and careful casting speed/pressure with a hot mold and they sync better. I have had the same issues periodically I know the Lee mold instructions say to smoke the molds and I always do when they are new. The screw probably needs a little something like JB suggested, to keep it in place, sometimes the sprue plates get a little floppy… Read more »

TreeTopFlier
TreeTopFlier

Well done, its a great hobby and a lot of fun. Gives me a great feeling of self reliance!

CharlieBrassStuffer
CharlieBrassStuffer

You might find a few ‘hints-n-tips’ here in this article about casting…I have others but think this maybe the most helpful.
‘New Casters’ . . . forensics of a casting session
https://thereloadersnetwork.com/2018/04/21/new-casters-forensics-of-a-casting-session/?channel=charliebrassstuffer

JBinMN
JBinMN

Nice to see another joining the ranks of casting! 🙂 I have a couple answers for your questions at the end of the video. For the First question about bullets not dropping out easily, since you have already cleaned the mold, there are a couple of things you can do to try to help. First, take a cotton q-tip & use the tip to lightly go around the edges & surfaces of where the mold cherry formed the cavity to see if there is any burrs from the mnfr-ing process.Those burrs can cause the bullets to hang up in the… Read more »

JBinMN
JBinMN

2nd answer about the screw loosening up. You might try using a High Temp Loctite on the threads. Or, try taking a couple/few strands of 00 or 000 steel wool off of a pad of it & leaving just a little bit hanging off the tip end, wrap the strands around the screw from the tip towards the sprue/head end. Then put the screw with the strands in the hole & tighten. The strands should help “shim” the threads of the screw & the hole threads & help to prevent loosening. If there is a bit of strands sticking out… Read more »

kyer
kyer

Nice pile after that session, good effort.
Are the bullets sticking in the same spot in the mold ?

bubba
bubba

Not sure how you prepped the mold but I’ve had good luck with just scrubbing in dawn dish soap and start casting

nodakjohns
nodakjohns

Looks like you are now hooked on casting. Welcome ! I am a beginner mysekf with only about 6-7 sessions. I have one lee mold and the sprue plate does get loose quickly. The ideal way to deal with it is a grub srew into the main screw. All the better molds have them. I also think you are gonna get sick of 2 cavity molds rather quickly. The 2 calibers you have are well served with 6 banger molds. Good luck and i see you have the same hotplate. Mine gets my molds up to temp when set on… Read more »

bubba
bubba

Hey it’s an addiction looks like your sprue plat is too tight on the 9mm mold takes a little practice and the right temp good luck