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PostSubject: Lee Pot or bottom pour?   May 6th 2012, 10:09 pm

Looking at investing in either a pot or a bottom pour lead melter.

The pot i am looking at holds 4lbs of lead which is more than enough for the casting I do.
http://www.trackofthewolf.com/Categories/PartDetail.aspx/1194/1/LEE-POT-PM

Any of you guys using this kind of pot? Getting tired of using my coleman stove. Uses that expensive gold gas and heats me up just as much as it heats the lead Laughing

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PostSubject: Re: Lee Pot or bottom pour?   May 7th 2012, 4:04 pm

Ordered the Lee pot today for $45 shipped!

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PostSubject: Re: Lee Pot or bottom pour?   May 8th 2012, 9:19 am

How come you went with that vs the bottom pour?
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PostSubject: Re: Lee Pot or bottom pour?   May 8th 2012, 9:37 am

Some say its a PITA and others i read say the spout clogs up. I don't cast that often and so this is more than enough for me to get by with.

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PostSubject: Re: Lee Pot or bottom pour?   May 9th 2012, 2:33 pm

2 FREAKIN DAYS!

Fedex just dropped off my pot!

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PostSubject: Re: Lee Pot or bottom pour?   May 9th 2012, 3:12 pm

Know you see what Im talking about I get my stuff from Midsouth using Fedex no later than the third day. Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Lee Pot or bottom pour?   May 9th 2012, 3:33 pm

I actually ordered this one from track of the wolf. They had really good shipping prices + the cost of the pot. $45 total shipped.

Melts 4lbs of lead pretty damn quick too and casts gorgeous maxiballs! Best thing is, I am only sweating my ass off due to the temp in the shop. Going to pick up a fan later tonight to keep me cool and keep the vapors off me the best i can.

I already have a pile of bullets on the table LOL.

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PostSubject: Re: Lee Pot or bottom pour?   May 9th 2012, 4:02 pm

I wish it was to hot here daytime in the 40s or 50s night the 30s.
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PostSubject: Re: Lee Pot or bottom pour?   May 10th 2012, 9:21 pm

Heres the new pot with the lyman maxiball mold. Great combo!


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PostSubject: Re: Lee Pot or bottom pour?   May 11th 2012, 11:49 am

It looks like you had to remelt some bullets? Tell us what not to do.
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PostSubject: Re: Lee Pot or bottom pour?   May 11th 2012, 11:51 am

Those were a bunch of 54cal great plains bullets i had along with some experimental HP maxiballs. I've only had one throw back bullet to date with this set up and thats because i left the mould in the molten lead for to long and only half of the bullet was solid when i opened it up Laughing

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PostSubject: Re: Lee Pot or bottom pour?   May 11th 2012, 11:53 am

Do you old wheel weights or pure lead?
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PostSubject: Re: Lee Pot or bottom pour?   May 11th 2012, 11:54 am

Pure lead, WW is to hard.

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PostSubject: Re: Lee Pot or bottom pour?   May 11th 2012, 11:56 am

Where do you buy your lead?
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PostSubject: Re: Lee Pot or bottom pour?   May 11th 2012, 12:02 pm

From all the powerbelts and other lead bullets I shoot into sand buckets Laughing

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PostSubject: Re: Lee Pot or bottom pour?   May 11th 2012, 1:25 pm

jon, using an casting pot like that will get you spoiled. you will wonder why you did not start casting that way in the first place.

I bought mine used for $20 with 5lbs of lead in it from an local gun shop. it is an bottom pour model with the pouring lever broken. can fix it for like $10 but I am too lazy to clean all my soft pure lead I have in right now out

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PostSubject: Re: Lee Pot or bottom pour?   May 11th 2012, 1:45 pm

I heard of guys using wheel weights for muzzleloader bullets but they must use a mallet to start the bullet scratch
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PostSubject: Re: Lee Pot or bottom pour?   May 11th 2012, 1:55 pm

That or undersized conicals. It'd work fine for sabots though, very cheap to shoot that way.

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PostSubject: Re: Lee Pot or bottom pour?   May 11th 2012, 2:06 pm

I have don't ww conicals in 45cal, I lubed them then ran them thru an .454 sizer. only shot an handful. may try them again. just have to make some up when I get some time.

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PostSubject: Re: Lee Pot or bottom pour?   May 11th 2012, 2:33 pm

I have heard of guys literally using mallets to start ww bullets lol.
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PostSubject: Re: Lee Pot or bottom pour?   May 11th 2012, 3:08 pm

I have had to use an mallet before. it is not fun. only really way around hammering the bullet down the barrel is sizing right to the bore size of the rifle you are going to shoot out of it.

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PostSubject: Re: Lee Pot or bottom pour?   May 12th 2012, 11:20 am

Fg the nozzle on the bottom pour don't clog up that easy, and when it does i just poke the hole with a piece of 1/16th tig wire and it's open again !What i also find with the bottom pour pot is that you don't get a lot of crap in your bullets.
As for ww you can cast round ball with it and it seems to work ok for REAL's
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PostSubject: Re: Lee Pot or bottom pour?   May 12th 2012, 12:25 pm

You know i saw a bottom pour at the gun shop and was playing around with it, Im not really sure i'd like it to be quite honest with you, just very odd to work with i felt.

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PostSubject: Re: Lee Pot or bottom pour?   May 26th 2012, 12:55 pm

Fg when casting for my Snider and Jefferey i run about 20 - 30lbs of lead through that pot in a day and up to date it has taken it in its stride. For the .500 i cast 600gr and for the Snider .577 i cast 566gr so 4 lbs dont last that long !
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PostSubject: Re: Lee Pot or bottom pour?   May 26th 2012, 8:36 pm

wow i'd say 4lbs wouldn't last long at all! 566 is huge. Then again thats a big bore to fill.

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