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FrontierGander

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This happened! Never in all my years of casting, have I ever had anything like this happen. Lyman handles to boot!

Luckily I had other calibers to cast, so I made up a bunch of .437 - .490 and .530 round balls for this coming rendezvous.
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Using saw dust to flux my lead has really been a huge upgrade over wax. It pulls a lot more of the dirty stuff out.
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Buck Conner

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When this happens you wonder how many balls were cast with that extreme heat working on the main beam of each handle. Lyman handles are pretty heafey when compared to other manufacturers. In all my years of casting this is a first for someone I know (you hear about issues similar but never knew anyone that any of these happened too). I've seen the wood torched but never ever the steel bothered.

What's the mold itself look like Jonathan?

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FrontierGander

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mold is perfect. The handle just literally fell apart. Its a casting flaw in the handles. Grain is extremely coarse. Didnt make a snap sound or anything, literally I went to close the mold and the handle just came off like it was tape. No noise, no crack, just magic lol.
 

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