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Old 01-18-2013, 06:13 PM   #1
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I'm looking into furnaces, and I'm stuck between two.

http://www.midwayusa.com/product/645810/lee-pro-4-20-lb-furnace-110-volt

http://www.midwayusa.com/product/476462/lee-melter-furnace-110-volt

All I need is a basic furnace that is easy to use, reliable, and will help me get into casting. I like how the LEE Pro 4 allows you to poor from the bottom, but is it really worth the extra money, or should I just go with the cheaper version that is ladle only?

Also, do I need a bullet sizing press, or is that an optional thing? I origionally planed on getting one, until I saw the prices.

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I'm looking into furnaces, and I'm stuck between two.

http://www.midwayusa.com/product/645810/lee-pro-4-20-lb-furnace-110-volt

http://www.midwayusa.com/product/476462/lee-melter-furnace-110-volt

All I need is a basic furnace that is easy to use, reliable, and will help me get into casting. I like how the LEE Pro 4 allows you to poor from the bottom, but is it really worth the extra money, or should I just go with the cheaper version that is ladle only?

Also, do I need a bullet sizing press, or is that an optional thing? I origionally planed on getting one, until I saw the prices.

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I love my bottom pour smelter. Lee Precision makes great reloading equipment. Been using my Lee Progressive since 1989.

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I've had great experience with LEE too.
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Bottom pour. No ladle needed. Melting wheelweights, steel clips float to top.
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Bottom pour it is.

Now, as for the bullet sizer, do I NEED it? Those presses are expensive.
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I have a 20 lb open top for cleaning up lead and a 20 lb bottom pour for casting.
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I own both of those. Get the one that you listed first. It is a great melter. Bottom pour is the only way to go. I havent used the other one in years. But they both still work. My bottom pour has made tens of thousands of bullets. And it is still going strong.
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Bottom pour it is.

Now, as for the bullet sizer, do I NEED it? Those presses are expensive.
They are nice..... It depends on what your shooting and what molds your using.. You do want your lead round to be slightly over sized..

I would look for a used lubi-sizer.. They size and lube, none of the messy tumble lube. They look just like store bought lead projectile.
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They are nice..... It depends on what your shooting and what molds your using.. You do want your lead round to be slightly over sized..

I would look for a used lubi-sizer.. They size and lube, none of the messy tumble lube. They look just like store bought lead projectile.
I plan on using LEE molds, and they say they are precise enough that you won't need to size the bullets most of the time.
If I can find a used lubi-sizer for a good price, I'd get it. Otherwise, I think I'll wait on it. Right now, all of the bullets I make will be for my M1895 Nagant, so I won't really be reloading for accuracy. Just cheap shooting.
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I do not have much faith in Lee for furnaces. I have used Lyman and RCBS furnaces in the past. My two RCBS furnaces have literally thousands of pounds of lead through them. If I had to get a new one, I would probably go Lyman even though they are much more expensive than the Lee stuff.

I also do not care for the Lee Tumble Lube molds. I am "old school" and use a Lyman 450 lubrisizer with heater plate. The more traditional looking bullets are my preference.
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