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    Broken sprue plat screw question

    Good evening,

    Recently when I fired up the pot to cast some Minies, as soon as I opened the sprue plate it just fell off.... The screw had cracked through and completely broken. After about fifteen minutes of choice words and... "creative" solutions, I was able to remove the bottom half of the screw from the mold body. Name:  280704637_1181050629308348_8153818843439374974_n.jpg
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    This is the screw. The mold is an older Ohaus I bought recently and never used until my failed attempt. My question is, is there a source for these screws? I know they haven't been made for some time. I noticed that Lyman sells a "rebuild" kit for their molds, though I don't know if the screw is the same, and also all I need is the one singular screw, not a whole set.

    Thanks for any and all help.

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    That's a bummer, happened to me once.
    Considered making one.
    Last chance, some one at sutlers may have one.
    Perhaps Dixie, or Midway may have one?

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    It looks very similar to the Lyman screw. Lyman went to a thicker sprue plate some years ago so there may be 2 versions of the screw.

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    Easy fix would be to carry to nationals and have Tom Crone look at it. He can make a new screw or bore it to fit one of the standard screws like RCBS or Lyman.
    He does great custom work.
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    Take the screw out of one of your other moulds and try it.

    IIRC, RCBS took over Ohaus. Parts should interchange.
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    Thanks for the input all. I attempted to use the screw from an older Ideal mold, but it did not fit. It seemed like the threads were a tad finer. They really did not want to go in. I'll be trying to get a RCBS screw. Thanks again!

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