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Posted: October 27 2017 at 3:54am | IP Logged Quote Slick

As a rule, I tend to be quite a fan of RCBS tools – because they stand behind them. Well, one tool they sell that ain’t worth the powder it would take to blow it to hell is their 1lb ingot mould. It’s a bare mould with a “tab” on the side that you clamp some vise grips onto. One night (after scoring a couple hundred lbs of lead) I was out making it all into 1lb ingots when the tab broke off nearly causing catastrophic marking of my undergarments… Fortunately the ingots had hardened sufficiently not to cause the carpet in my garage to burst into flames.

Unfortunately, without the tab it’s not really a usable mould unless you clamp into one of the mould areas and not pour lead into it. RCBS, being the stand-up company that they are replaced the broken mould and allowed me to send them a photo of it after it broke.   After the new mould arrived, I grabbed the old one to toss it out and couldn’t quite let go of it.

Another thing I like to do is buy old frying pans at the flea market to use as small caliber targets. Pans with metal handles are best and once they’re all shot up I toss them out. Often times the pan handle is the only thing left that’s any good. Soooooooo… I got the big idea to graft one of the pan handles to the mould and see if it can be made useful again.



I drilled and countersunk holes in the side of the mould and used hardware that I could grind off flush to fit. To be honest, if this works the way I think it will, it might be even better than when it still had the tab. I’ll be testing it out real soon now that cooler weather is here.

I guess the lesson here is “never throw anything out that might be good for a project”. If this works, I’m gonna be real happy – if it doesn’t then it’s not like I have any serious investment tied up in trying.


Edited by Slick on October 27 2017 at 4:02am


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Posted: October 27 2017 at 5:22am | IP Logged Quote M700

You could make little cornbread muffins in that!
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Posted: October 27 2017 at 7:29am | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger

M700 wrote:
You could make little cornbread muffins in that!


Cornbread is a must in the south.
Oddly enough, my ingot mould is actually a Cornbread mould! Go figure!

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See!

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Posted: October 27 2017 at 2:55pm | IP Logged Quote Ham Gunner

Again we see that RCBS is a great company and stands behind their products.

I have had one of those ingot molds along with a similar one made by Lyman for likely 40 years. Both four hole one pounders with the ears. I bought two pairs of medium sized Vise Grips that I dedicated to clamp to the ears for handles.

While I have likely cast well over 3,000 lbs of ingots with them at least, they seem to be holding up, but there is always the chance of one out of a thousand cast iron castings having an air bubble flaw and apparently you got the one.

Great job of fixing it though. Probably will be better than Vice Grips.


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Posted: October 27 2017 at 3:54pm | IP Logged Quote Slick

One of my sources of lead used to sell it in ingots that look like little ears of corn - presumably from one of those cast iron cornbread moulds. They work great for adding to the pot without any "splash". I'd thought about getting one at the flea market, but they want more than I'm willing to pay for one.

I really like these ingot shapes as they are easy to stack in a .30-cal ammo can for storage and makes for 75 lbs of lead when fully packed.

The tech I spoke to at RCBS told me that those tabs break all the time and that a significant percentage are broken during manufacture. That kind of begs the question as to why they don't modify the tooling to make the tab thicker?

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While I'm a long-time reloader, casting is still pretty new to me as I've only been doing it for a couple of years. So far I've only been casting various shotgun slugs since I'm not working with lead of a known alloy-type. I also don't have a lead hardness testing tool yet...

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Carpet in the garage. WOW
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M700 wrote:
You could make little cornbread muffins in
that!


That, I would strongly agree with.
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