I just bought a bunch of casting equitment from a friend that was getting out of it, almost all lyman equitment. I have never cast before but know there are people on here like Brownbear that have a wealth of info on the subject. I will be heading to the trapline in the next week or so and would like to cast a few bullets first. My first question is the lead, I got at least 200 lbs of the stuff, some is very shiny and feels hard, some is pure lead by the looks of it. All this stuff was bought at an auction in Pen. if that helps, but how do I know what the makeup of the stuff is?? I got a hardness tester made by Saeco, but it didnt come with instructions so dont know how to use it. The sizer/luber is an old lyman model, not sure how old but its not in the cataloges now, will the new sizer dies and top punchs still work in it, and how do i know if it will seat gas checks?? I will be casting mainly for a 45/70, and want to try 243 , and maybe 338 federal as well as my sons 454, casul rifle and his 45 blackpowder pistol. would it be best to use gas checks on all these?? In all this stuff I got there is a 32 cal. double mould that i will never use, if someone on here wants it just PM me your add. and i will give it to whoever asks first. PS Brownbear I know you like the 358 win. (i do too) well this guy that I got the casting stuff from just came up thru Edmonton and in some little gunshop there he picked up a savage 99 old model with side saftey, in mint condition, original blueing ect!! for 900 bucks. we shot it yesterday and it is a keeper! hes a winchester man so am hoping in a year or 2 he will want to get rid of it!