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Feb 21st, 2012 at 8:23pm
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Hello, everyone.  What do you guys use for a ladle for chamber casting?  Is there any new industrial materials..wax, etc. that could be used instead of cerosafe?
  
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Reply #1 - Feb 21st, 2012 at 8:48pm
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I use a standard lead ladle ,and heat it with a propane torch.
I make a ball of kleenex , and pack it tight by putting a dowel/cleaning rod in from the muzzle ,and pack it from
the chamber end ,below the throat.
For bolt guns ,I use an alum. funnel ,with alum tube on it ,and set it on the back of the action.
It aims the direction of the molten cerro ,without filling the action.
Only other alternative i know of is molten sulfer ,but it shrinks fast ,so write down everything as soon as you tap it out.
  
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Reply #2 - Feb 21st, 2012 at 8:59pm
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I used what Dixie Gun Works suggested in their catalog. A tn can, squeezed in a little to give it a pouring point.
  

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Reply #3 - Feb 21st, 2012 at 9:45pm
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Casting ladle and I heat it up on the hot plate that I use for my double boiler as it doesn't take much heat to get Cerrosafe to melt. Funnel made out of an aluminum can.

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Reply #4 - Feb 21st, 2012 at 11:28pm
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I've used a tin can for years, bent into a pouring spout on one side, held with small pliers.  I can set it down on a flat surface after pouring and not have to worry about it tipping.  Heat with a propane torch on low.  The stuff can be re-melted many times with no problem...the batch I'm using now is probably twenty years old. 

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Reply #5 - Feb 22nd, 2012 at 10:51am
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MerwinBray wrote on Feb 21st, 2012 at 8:59pm:
I used what Dixie Gun Works suggested in their catalog. A tn can, squeezed in a little to give it a pouring point.

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I use - this dates me - an old c-rations tin can. 

  

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John Taylor wrote on Feb 22nd, 2012 at 10:51am:
MerwinBray wrote on Feb 21st, 2012 at 8:59pm:
I used what Dixie Gun Works suggested in their catalog. A tn can, squeezed in a little to give it a pouring point.

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X3 on the bent tin can, but I use a tuna can and gloves.  Gloves gives me better pouring control than pliers or vice grips.  To heat I use a hot air gun from Harbor Freight.  Works great.

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Reply #8 - Mar 30th, 2013 at 6:10pm
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I had an old balance scale that I picked up in a box of stuff, I use the scoop from it. Works perfectly, I use a small set of vise-grips to hold it and use my heat gun to melt. When ready it already has a small pour spout pours right where I want it. Holds enough to cast a 43 spanish with a little left over.
  
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Reply #9 - Mar 30th, 2013 at 8:03pm
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My lead ladle, after I clean it. Has a handle and a pouring spout built right in!   Cheesy


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Reply #10 - Mar 30th, 2013 at 8:16pm
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I've been using the bottom half of a coke can pinched to make pouring easier.  I melt the cerrosafe and preheat the chamber with my heat gun.

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Reply #11 - Mar 31st, 2013 at 10:42am
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I've used the little Lee Lead Pot, small drawn steel pot with a bail handle and integral pour spout.(about 4" diameter, capacity 4 lb lead)  I've had the same pound of Cerrosafe stored in it and re-used over the last 35 years.  Unfortunately, Midway says they're discontinued by the manufacturer.  Tin can sounds like a great second choice.
Elemental sulfur also melts and makes perfect chamber casts, and dimensions do not change over time.  Molten sulfur is about the consistency of honey.  But, the finished casts are fragile if you're wanting to keep them for reference.  I made my first chamber cast in the late '70's on a cartridge conversion Sharps with sulfur, before I got the Cerrosafe.  Worked just fine.
  

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Reply #12 - Mar 31st, 2013 at 9:39pm
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I use a cat food can, the same size as the tuna can.  I have the edge bent for an easy pour.  Melt the stuff with a heat gun or the flame from a candle. 

Preparing the gun for the chamber cast takes the most time.  I seal up all the nooks & crannies with modeling clay & leave a patch in the barrel to plug the bore.
  
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Reply #13 - Mar 31st, 2013 at 10:58pm
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And the winner is?  A can pinched with a funnel.
I also use a metal funnel heated with a hair dryer most of the time
  

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Reply #14 - Apr 1st, 2013 at 12:31am
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$2.00 Stainless steel 1/2 cup measure.
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