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LEE lead hardness tester

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by Benchrest, Feb 15, 2015.

  1. Benchrest

    Benchrest The Desert Planet Well-Known Member

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    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:

    lee1_zpsxwdpqkhg.jpg

    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.

    lee2_zpsx1clsq4f.jpg

    Take a reading, look up Pmax on the supplied chart, load accordingly, and off to the range!
     
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  2. evltwn

    evltwn Gold Hill Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I use a "hobbyist" microscope with the Lee scope rubberbanded to it. Just raise or lower the scope to focus. A light source directed on the slide platform works well. Not a pain to use at all.
     
  3. Benchrest

    Benchrest The Desert Planet Well-Known Member

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    As designed I would argue that it is. Your 'solution' suggests you agree with me ;)

    :D
     
  4. Benchrest

    Benchrest The Desert Planet Well-Known Member

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    LHT_zpsgzdqje4r.jpg
     
  5. evltwn

    evltwn Gold Hill Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    My 66year old shaky, arthritic hands are problem, actually. At the price point it sells at, its pretty good.
     
  6. Benchrest

    Benchrest The Desert Planet Well-Known Member

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    Agreed.
     
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