24 September 2011
I got tired of having to mess with my 10lb lee bottom pour, who knows how it's gonna do this time?, and disassembled the actuator and used a metal screw to plug the hole and am much happier with it. Am planning on doing it with the 20lb pot also, I have nothing but trouble with them. Bought the Lyman 20lb dip pot and use it the most. Do the RCBS and Lyman bottom pours work better?
I have emptied my other pot and cleaned it with a wire brush. Brushed the rod cleaned and buffed the hole best as possible with a bore brush. I added about a teaspoon of 2-cycle oil in the empty pot and heated it up, tipping it around and coating the inside of the pot, opening the valve to coat those parts. Be careful as it heats up as the oil will flash and burn. I add 1 pound of lead at this point.
When the lead is melted I add more 2-cycle oil a few drops at a time to flux the lead and coat the inside of the pot at that level. I then keep adding 1 pound ingots and adding enough 2-cycle oil as the ingots melt to coat the inside of the pot as it fills with lead. This seems to me to coat and 'season' the pot and spout parts to help the flow of lead when casting.......Dan