Home Made Underspins

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  1. carpkiller

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    I always stay upwind of the pot. Or this shizzle never get dizzle.
     
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    They look good to me. Go get em!
     
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    This is excellent advice for those that want to pour their own jigs. Lyman and RCBS make lead thermometers which you should always have in your lead pot to be able to regulate the temperature of your lead. Lead/tin/antimony alloys, like Lyman #2 alloy, melts at a lower temperature than pure lead, is harder than lead, and flows in your molds much better than pure lead. It is very similar to lead wheel weights or is available from numerous suppliers in various weight bars. A good rule of thumb is to never exceed 100° over the melting point of the lead alloy you are using and stay as far away as you can from 800° where lead fumes can become very toxic. I always try to stay between 650° and 700° when casting with lead alloy. It is also important to flux your lead with fluxing compound to allow the alloys to mix with the lead and the impurities to rise to the top, which should be removed.
     
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    Baits look good and underspins are hot. You'll might want to perfect the paint process if you plan to sell them. You may want to check out some powder paint options and even build a fluid bed to improve quality. I built one out of simple parts and love it. I get an even coat of paint and it extends paint life by not applying more than you need. Just a thought
     
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    My paints have improved sense last I posted what y'all think

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    So much to learn. Basically I'm Phoebe's brother. "I melt stuff." I use a whatever scrap lead I can find, and it's waaay dirty. The impurities rise to the top all by themselves. I expected the lead diving weights and old rock cod sinkers to be pretty clean. Silly me, they put out happy, rusty, fluffy slag at a ratio of 1/1 with the lead that's left in the pot after I skim it off. I throw some beeswax in there, which is supposed to help separate the impurities. Mostly it makes a cool fireball. So if I BUY the store-bought fluxing compound, does it mix into the lead before it burns off? And does it really get the gunk to come out?
     
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    In all honesty I use beeswax also never needed anything else but I'm sure the compound stuff is good to.
     
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    I go to the dollar store and buy cheap white candles and use a pea size chunk. Works fine too. Just MacGyver it.
     
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    Yes better. if you are calling them "Crime Scene" then you should put a chalk silhouette behind them. When I get a chance, I'll post my redneck engineered fluid bed with pics.

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    hell, if yall just GIVING away lead i'll take some! I use it for sinkers and .45 ACP. gets expensive buying it from ebay all the time...
     
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