Haven't noticed, Everything I use is in house, propellent included., I recapture lead. What is going on in the world is enough to make me sick, especially at the southern border of USA.Shooting used to be fun. Now it's hard to find anything. Round balls sold out! Are you kidding me! Melting pots sold out! Really! Ball molds sold out! What's going on in the gun world is enough to make me want to throw up & just quit!
WOWYou can make a very usable ball mold in a few minutes using Bondo (or any auto body filler). Take two soda (or beer) cans and cut the bottoms off at about an inch from the bottom. Fill the cup with bondo, allow to start to set, press a ball just over mid way into the bondo over a sheet of plastic wrap. Repeat in other cup.
When set, sand the surfaces to the half ball depth, carve a sprue slot and bevel the surfaces for the funnel. You can sand the blocks square and add alignment pins if desired. I have used this method for fishing sinkers as well up to 12 ounce . These molds get better with age as the surfaces will cure.
Lawrence, are you saying that after the two half surfaces are flat that you crush the ball between them to make the mold?Seriouslly mate.
How long did your last box of balls last?
Do you have 1 left?
Do you have a little camp stove or can you light a campfire?
Have you got some pure lead?
An old spoon to use as a ladle?
If so you already have everything except a mold.
Go graba big pair of natural cuttlefish bones. Those chew things for parrots.flatten the porous faces and basically make a pair of blank mold blocks. Make sure you can match the edges to match the faces.
Push the 2 pieces together with the ball between them.
Open them up and create a sprue.
Now you have a mold.
All you need is the time and the will.
Plaster of paris can also be used but cracks up unless it is proper dry and tempered with sand.
Yep. The cuttlefish is soft and will compress. Sometimes you ma need to dig some out.Lawrence, are you saying that after the two half surfaces are flat that you crush the ball between them to make the mold?
Agreed. Could have had a better replyDamn man, he's just frustrated like a lot of gun owners. If there's something he doesn't know as far as DIY, teach him instead of biting his head off. I thought that's what this forum was for. Not only to swap stories and talk about muzzleloaders but, to share wisd