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  1. Big A

    Best Lead Melt Flux?

    Ratio is not really important for jigheads...just try to keep zinc out as it can weld itself to aluminum molds and ruin them! I test all the wheelweights with an old pocket knife that's pretty sharp. if it cuts into the weight easily, its lead. if it resists I look close for an fe or FE stamp to identify it as steel, or a zn or ZN that designates the zinc. If you know anyone who casts bullets, thet can give you pointers here. The reloaders take lead alloys seriously and have elevated alloying and heat treating to a science for bullet casting. The cast bullet handbooks have a wealth of info on fluxing, alloying, and safety on lead casting
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    Best Lead Melt Flux?

    I cast for fishing weights, scuba weights, jigs, spinnerbaits and bullets for reloading. Fluxing is essential to getting the lead to flow reliably out of the pot or ladle and into the mold. It becomes more critical in bullets, since the inclusion of impurities creates unbalanced projectiles that wobble in flight. Alloying pure lead with a small amount of tin really aids immensely in the fill out of mold cavities. Hardening is accomplished with the addition of arsenic and antimony. if you're recycling clip-on wheel weights then they have it already alloyed so no addition is necessary. Fluxing also helps bring the other good elements back into the alloy as they float to the surface in addition to preventing oxidation. I've used Marvelux, paraffin, sawdust, broken crayons, tallow, and beeswax for fluxing. My preference is aromatic eastern red cedar or beeswax simply because they smell good when you toss them into the melted lead.
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    Custom CNC Machinging

    Bob La Londe at CNC Molds N Stuff
  4. You can find them at Boca Bearings. Tackle Warehouse. Amazon,Com and most reel repair shops. pretty much all the companies have a listing by reel MFG. Model. size ect., and some offer upgrade kits and others offer in quantities of 10 or more at pretty good discounts. Most kits run about $30.
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    Rod Buying Help!

    Check out some of the "inshore" rods. I have some Shimano Calcutta and Teramar rods and an older All Star rod that do an outstanding job on heavy baits like you mentioned.
  6. Seen a lot of discussion recently on upgrading bait casting reels to ceramic bearings. Anyone using them have any comments?
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    New Member to the forum and requesting any help on a color formula to closely replicate Culprit"s Blue Moccosin Shad.