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These are weighing in at 69grains with supplied lead stick samples, I need heavier slugs, I made me a lead wire casting from a blank mold, its at 2.74, I hope I didn’t made it to big, we will see once I get soft lead
and this is my collection, its fun making slugs in a rainy day drinking whiskey:)
Gilbert, you can melt some of the lead sticks from the package because they are pure lead. The casting mold looks perfect with all those vent lines. If you wish you can mill the top of the mold if its too deep.
Cast from mold, mold needs smoothing
Soft lead from roofing sheets
The slugs look rough on the picture but they are actually very smooth, but still ..mold will be better, or maybe a 2 ton press?
My mold needs some cleaning, wire is bearly leaving room for punch to swage, I will weigh later tonight, im guessing in the 110-120 grain range.
Something this big of wire you will need some lubricant to get the slug out with two hits
question to the smoothness? are you heating your mold up? When I make .457 550 gr. bullets for my sharps and the bullets get the crease lines like I see in your pic it's usually solved by keeping the corner of the mold in the molten lead a little longer before i pour the next round... keep track of the amount of time till they are smooth. If they begin to blue in colour then slow the heating down to cool the mold a bit.
I hope I'm not speaking out of turn here ,It's just something that works for me.
I need to work on my mold, this is average, there are a few a 160gr, so this .30 swage can make a 160grain max, I might make a wire extruder to work with a 20 ton press unless I can remake another blank mold to work with constant weight
These might be the longest and heaviest .30 airgun slug ever made. And the important thing is that you can even make the shortest and lightest .30 airgun slug from the same kit.
160.8 to be exact :)
Very good contributions, help us all to go developing this new way of making bullets. Now the important thing is that they work in our weapons.
would you be selling molds? your work is great?