Fluxing the Pot

I have been using candle wax (parrifin) to flux my leadpot but just recently I have been seeing alot of people using sawdust. My question is …
Is there any advantage to fluxing with sawdust over candle wax ?? Both seem to catch on fire ??

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https://www.sixguns.com/crew/simplefluxing.htm

What one of the oldtimers, Glen Fryxell, had to say.

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https://www.sixguns.com/crew/lead.html

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https://www.sixguns.com/crew/obturation.htm

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Tends to definitely side with the sawdust theory .

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I always do my casting out doors with the wind blowing the fumes away from me.

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I use beeswax. I get it in bulk for a muzzleloading lube that I make and the little bits needed to flux don’t consume much. I read somewhere that it also reduces corrosion of the steel components in the pot (I use a bottom pour)

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He seemed to study the science behind it as well as having the experience

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I use a harder cast lead ,I water quench which has been proven to improve hardeness 2-4bhn. I load for the 460 and are pretty hot loads and i am thinking I am in the 43000-55000 and went from 38.0gr. Up to 40.0 . Scared to do 42.5 since 40.0 was all I even wanted . I was like shazaam :partying_face::exploding_head:

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I always said experience is the greatest teacher.

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I am getting obturation due to the levels I am running at. But that article is so true very true

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He wasn’t considering the 460 or the 454! BH on those need to be near copper alloys.
He has another article on gas checks, “variations on a near perfect theme” Good read.

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Yeah, I gas check my rounds. Would love to read that also . I did read ever word. Great stuff.

I dont have a tester but there is an older you-tuber named fortunecookie45 and I did the fingernail test like he showed and mine don’t mark up

When you have time to read all of Fryxell’s work google “The cast bullet articles of Glen E Fryxell”
Variations on a Near Perfect Theme is on page 250+/- of 300 or so.Go to the one LASC.US

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@albroswift have you ever watched the you-tuber I was mentioning? He is a revolver lover and reloader. I been reloading a long time but only casting about 2 yrs.

On my list but don’t watch enough YouTube. Ill get to it!
Camping this week. Elmer Keith Shoot next week.

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My wife hates my you tube list its all engine transmissions and guns and reloading :joy:
Man oh Man I wished I was camping alas just a couple days off and back to the job. I had church this morning so one day off on either side of Sunday doesnt make for mich enjoyment . Couldnt really turn down the current job Im on as it is literally double my normal salary. Working myself to death I suppose

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I retired at age 62 two years ago. Don’t know where I ever found the time to work. So much to do around here . . . and it’s all mostly fun and definately low stress. Ahhhhh.

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