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Old 02-14-2020, 10:25 AM
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My friend just gave me a Lyman lubrisizer 450 with the heater plate under it and a Lee 10lb pouring pot. It came with about 20lbs of lead. I ordered a 6 cavity 125gr RNFP 9mm mood. My question is where should I buy tin and antimony. Iím thinking of buying some range scrap lead off eBay since I donít see any in the reloading classified. Any other pointers are appreciated.
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I get my tin from solder I get from work. 60/40 and 50/50 solder.
Antimony I get from linotype I buy on another forum (cast boolits).
I add solder and linotype to wheel weights to get the desired alloy.
I use a Cabintree tester to check hardness.

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Anyone have a recommended lube?
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Anyone have a recommended lube?
I believe Lyman and rcbs have lube. But it seems most people make there own.

If you are going to cast with some regularity, "CAST BOOLITS" is a forum you should get very familiar with.

I literally spent 2 years reading everything I could before I cast one bullet. Wealth of knowledge on that site.
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I use white label lubes google them I use Carnuba red in my star sizer.
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For lube, there are lots you can buy. For lubrisizers, if you wander the forums, a lot of people make their own. One guy came up with a mix called "Ben's Red" which seems popular;

https://noebulletmolds.com/smf/index.php?topic=83.0

A popular tumble lube is called 45/45/10 (look it up) which is 45% Lee Liquid Alox (or xlox, or other generic alox) 45% Johnson's paste wax (Home Depot) and 10% mineral spirits (original OR odorless).

That same Ben guy found a way to make that even better with something he called BLL "Ben's Liquid Lube" Which used the no-longer-manufactured Johnson's liquid paste wax.

Though he found a decent alternative in "Lundmark Liquid Paste Wax", and it's 35% Lundmark liquid paste wax, 35% mineral spirits, and 30% Lee Liquid Alox (or xlox).


People seem to really swear by those, with the BLL being the easiest to mix and use.

Seems like everyone has their own secret formula, it's nice that Ben shared his formulas and that they apparently work well. Anyway, do a web search on those and decide for youself.

HOWEVER, since you have a free lubrisizer, you can just buy bullet lube online to start. If you somehow have access to beeswax (local candle store?) then, maybe try Ben's Red

50% beeswax
30% Red, Tacky Lucas High Temp Grease
10% Johnson's Paste Wax
5% Dexron II or Dexron III Trans. Fluid
5% STP Oil Treatment

just to avoid waiting to order it online.


As for lead, the Castboolits forums have guys selling lead.
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You really want to have fun ? Try casting 22 cal bullets , might just make you bald .

And I use Ed's Red .
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Lube? Powdercoat instead! Less smoke when shooting.




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Iíve thought about it, but for now I want to get the hang of casting before the next step.
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Seriously though, casting is simple as long as you get your mold up to temp. One of the first things you should buy is a hot plate to warm up your mold while your lead is heating up. This will save you a lot of time right off the bat.
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I agree casting is easy, but instead of lubing or powder coating I use an epoxy coating. I tried powder coating and it works very well. but it is limited by the size of the oven you use. The hytex coating allows bigger batches and thus saves time. You coat and than size them. It costs about the same as powder coat and works as well or better.
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Those were my first cast bullets. It was easier than I expected. Reading a lot on castboolits definitely helped. Will get better and easier Iím sure.

Powdercoating was super easy. But donít use tinfoil under the boolits - unless you like the NASA like thin aluminum gas checks!

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