looking for a new casting pot new to casting, which bottom pour, need advice
new casting pot
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I have been using a RCBS Pro-Melt for over 15 years, excellent pot. The new RCBS pots are different, maybe someone else has experience with them. RCBS warranty service is excellent.
I had several LEE pots. Pretty basic, poor temperature control. A thermometer is a must!
The new rcbs pro melt with digital temp control is best and most accurate. I discovered that both of my probe thermometers were reading too cold (25-50 degrees)
If cost is no problem the advice above is good. If on a limited budget, buy a Lee if you can find one. I have used two Lees (a 10 pound and a 20 pound) with satisfaction for thirty years.
Over the years, I've accumulated three RCBS Pro-Melt pots (not the new version). They have given good service. Today, they are used; one for hard alloy, one for pistol alloy, one for Schuetzen alloy.
The second and third purchases were at guns shows where someone wanted to get rid of their pot. In one case, the seller included three 9mm molds that I sold to lessen the price and almost got the pot free.
The oldest was recently rebuilt by RCBS, it simply wore out. Same base and exterior sheet metal, new internal workings. The rebuild was $50.00 which is a small price to pay for four decades use plus RCBS stood behind the product and rebuilt it. The condition was not helped by a big earthquake.
Farm boy from Illinois, living in the magical Pacific Northwest
Thank You All for your replies , I will start saving for a good one , and learning more about smelting joethereloader
I agree with John on the Lee. I used one for 20 years, and when it died, I bought another. If it dies in 20 years, I will buy a third. I will die before the third one does. Is the RCBS better? I think it is. But 3 Lee's are cheaper than one RCBS.
I bought a Lee years ago. It wouldn't, and still won't, get alloy actually hot enough to cast with. I use it to pre-heat
lead to shorten time for re-filling my GOOD pot. I have had a lot of bad experiences with various Lee products over the
When I started casting,I was kind of short on cash(hasn't changed much since!).The Lee 10 pounder got me started and gave me good service.It served me two ways;making good bullets to keep me shooting and the dripping perfected my style when cussing!But make good bullets it did.
I've been using the RCBS and Magma for a decade and a half for the first and half a decade for the second and am very satisfied with both.
I agree with John,
I have a lee bottom pour pot that I bought in either the late 70's or early 80's, I can't remember for sure which, The temperature control still works well, so if I were to buy another pot, I would give Lee another try. I doubt if the newer Lee's will give such good service but I would give them a try.
David a. Cogburn
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