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PostSubject: Bullet mold cleaner   February 17th 2017, 1:07 pm

Found this out by accident yesterday when some beeswax got into my new mold. Its terribly hard to remove the soot from the cavity of a mold. Then the idea hit me. SHOOTOUT! I grabbed a Q tip and a little shootout lube and dippged the Q-tip in and swirled it around in the round ball mold and everything came out perfectly clean with little work. Just heads up on what else you can use the shootout lube for! Its gentle enough to use even on aluminum.
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PostSubject: Re: Bullet mold cleaner   February 17th 2017, 4:35 pm

They tell you to soot up the mold with a butane lighter to help with separation of the casting from the mold.
Are you supposed to clean the mold? I never have.

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PostSubject: Re: Bullet mold cleaner   February 17th 2017, 5:30 pm

Yes they are very oily.
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PostSubject: Re: Bullet mold cleaner   June 16th 2017, 7:46 am

All that is needed is a good clean mold, when i first started i smoked my molds per Lee instructions, i was later told by trusted sources that smoking a mold was ABSOLUTELY unnecessary, they were dead on correct! A good clean mold, running correctly does NOT need any kind of soot/release agent. I have 4 Custom molds From Accurate Molds and i have never used any kind of release agent, Sooting the mold slightly changes the diameter of the bullet/ball, there is just no need to do it! When i open my molds my bullets freely fall from them, at most a slight peck now and then on the handle hinge bolt.

The most important part is running your alloy at proper temp, another VERY important part is to Keep your sprue plate loose enough you can swing the mold out by hand and have the sprue open, if you get the Sprue plate to tight you will Gall the top of the mold, i use bullshop sprue lube, VERY SPARINGLY i touch the alignment pins with a TINY bit of sprue lube, and the bolt holding the Sprue plate on (very careful here, a tiny bit to much and it will migrate into the Cavity, causing wrinkled bullets.) I am confident this bullshop sprue lube is nothing more than 2 Cycle oil, Even Tom at Accurate Molds recommends 2 Cycle engine oil
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PostSubject: Re: Bullet mold cleaner   July 16th 2017, 3:50 pm

I have found after all these years that smoking a mold was unnecessary, have smoked them, used unsmoked and never found if any a difference.

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