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Paul B.
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Posted: January 10 2018 at 1:24pm | IP Logged Quote Paul B.

Ol' Santa was good to me this year. One of my daughters bought me a
new Lyman Mag 25 casting pot. Finally set it up so I guess I'll run out to
the shed and see how well it works.
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Posted: January 10 2018 at 1:47pm | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger

Good going on the granddaughter's part!

That's a heck of a good pot!
Go cast a mess of rounds! Then let us know how good it
works!

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Posted: January 10 2018 at 4:20pm | IP Logged Quote Paul B.

I just did. Nice pot but I could see a few improvements, mainly with the
mold guide. The only mold that worked well was the #308284, an early
Ideal. It didn't hang up on the guide every quarter inch. It was a cool
50* in the shed and the pot was up and running in 20 minutes at 750*. I
dropped it down to 700 to cast.
Molds used were the #308284 and the double cavity #'s 311282/284.
I ran 88 bullets from the two molds with 18 rejects.
#308284 from the Ideal mold averaged 216 gr.. .3005" on the nose and
.312" on the driving bands.
#311282 averaged 226.1 gr., .301" on the nose and .3125" on the
bands.
#311284 averaged 222.1 gr. .3005 on the nose and .3115" on the
bands.
Most reject were from longitudinal wrinkles running almost full length in
the nose.
Methinks I've figured out why the bullets were bending when I sized
them. They're just a bit too fat to run through a .310" die. Guess I'll
order a .311" die and see how that works out.
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Posted: January 13 2018 at 5:30pm | IP Logged Quote res45

Paul, you might find this of interest.

Video

Mold Guide

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Check the temperature of the melt with your lead thermometer. My Mag 25
holds a good consistent heat, but I had to set it about 20 degrees hotter than I
normally would use to get the temp right on my thermometer.
Most of the bullets I cast at 775, and that takes an 800 setting on the PED.

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Posted: January 20 2018 at 3:36pm | IP Logged Quote Paul B.

Well, here's a bit of an in depth report on the Mag 25.
What in hell were they thinking when they designed that pot? My big
problem is it will not accommodate many of my 90 some odd molds.
One and two Cavity Lyman's will fit and allow lead to be pours and at
least one of my SAECO four cavities will fit which is a shocker but none
of my four cavity Lyman's will fit, even when the adjustable platform is
at it's lowest. WTF???? Lyman hollow point molds won't fit either
regardless of how that platform is set up. What were they thinking, or
were they even thinking???? Methinks when I get all my likes and
dislikes lined up, Lyman will be receiving a not very nice report on their
Mag 25 pot.
I'm 79.5 years old and I first learned about casting at age 11 from an
old gentleman who lived across the street. Sometimes he'd let me run
a few bullets for him. When I started casting on my own at age 16, he
gave me my first mold, a #311291 single cavity. I still have and use it.
Except for a four year hiatus while in the military, I have cast bullets
ever since. On average, I've probably shot from 50 to 100 cast bullets
for every one jacketed in my rifles and handguns.
My point being, while I don't consider myself a real expert on the
subject, I have been doing it long enough to know pretty much what
works and what does not. The Mag 25 could have and should have
been much better designed. The older Mag 20 worked quite well and
would even accommodate my huge H&G 10 cavity mold that made .38
cal. wadcutters.
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I like the big green pot plenty of room
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