Originally Posted by old semperfi
i have casted center fire for ever,however i have never casted for black powder firearms.my questions are as follows.i have been told that the lee production pot is not hot enough for casting mini type bullets.i want to cast for between 300-400 grains.i also would like to know if the lee single cavity molds are any good.the final question is where to get the pure lead needed. any help for can give is helpful old semperfi
Lee pots are fine for casting those heavy bullets. Many folk in my shooting group (N-SSA) use Lee pots to good effect. Their molds are fine, too. The only issue mentioned is the durability of Lee products. To cast good minie balls, you will need VERY soft lead, not wheel-weight or fishing weight lead. Sheeting from old doctor's offices, lead pipes, down-spouts, etc. is where you want to go. Do you know any plumber/rebuilders?
Wheel-weight lead will work well in Spencers, Smith Carbines, Maynards, Henry rifles, etc. - (the cartridge black powder weapons) but very soft lead is needed for proper expansion of the grove skirt found in minie balls.