Just started casting my own boolits, and of course the question of "how hard is the alloy" arrived. I choose LEE's kit - having read that it was both fairly accurate, and a pain in the arse to use. Yes, it's a total pain the in arse! Keep the bullet still, hold the light just right, and fight the microscope - 10 power, so every movement is amplified by same amount, and the bloody image is reversed! So I kludged together this: Ugly... But it works incredibly well! Used a case (No, that's not a live primer ) to hold the bullet (so I could spin it into view) and the V-block that came with the kit to hold that assembly in place. Getting an image with a cell phone proved to be difficult - had to turn the flashlight off. Take a reading, look up Pmax on the supplied chart, load accordingly, and off to the range!