Alloys for casting

Alloys for casting

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    Alloys for casting

    The soaring prices of ammo got me back reloading after a 23 years hiatus. When I saw a box of .38 wadcutters for $ 34 I couldn't believe it .. couldn't afford it either.

    In the 1980's, the alloy of choice for casting .38 bullets was either pure wheel-weights or a 25/75 mix of lead (old pipes) and wheel-weights.
    Then we used beeswax in the Lyman sizer-luber.

    What are you guys using now for casting, for fluxing and for lube ???
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    Wheelweights.
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    Thompson Blue Angle and Lars Red. Both "hot" waxes that require the use of a lube heater.

    I ought 10 sticks of Red on the internet (ebay) for a dollar a stick and it works very well.
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    My lube-sizer is old and doesn't have a heater ... Thanks for the info
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    You can buy a heater that you just mount the lubrizer on. They cost about 40 bucks.

    Well worth it in my opinion. It performs better, and the lube dosent get soft when it gets hot out.
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    For general range practice I cast straight wheelweights and use candle wax(cheap) to flux. A beeswax lube and they are ready to go.

    I have never had a problem with having to warm the lube before sizing and lubricating because a few seconds with a small propane torch does the trick, again "cheap".

    My old Lyman lubrisizer uses the hollow sticks--or---you can take the top off and pour in melted beeswax. One more time---"cheap.

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    WW, Candle wax for fluxing and Lee's Alox. I did buy some Johnson Paste wax to use as a lube (read it on castboolits.com) and will try that soon..
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