I acquired the gift of some old casting equipment from a friend today and I think it's possible that I might start melting lead pretty soon. He had been given these many years ago, and he cast a few bullets and decided it was too hard. There is a crucible a ladle, and a bullet mold with sprue cutter and handles. The Crucible is bronze & looks like an insert for some commercial electric pot of some kind, but that was not available and totally unknown. It is very well made and undamaged. The ladle is just stamped steel with a wooden handle. Typical inexpensive import tool, but appears to be serviceable. The thermal mass is not what I would wish for. The bullet mold is a Lee, and it makes .38 caliber dog-point wad-cutters. I weighed one that was cast by my friend 30 years ago, and it was approximately 155 grains. This could be quite serviceable for the 357 lever gun. In any event I will need the sizing die. The bullet mold is aluminum which means it will heat and cool quickly. In order to make this all work I want kind of a little mini Foundry set up that will keep everything nice and hot in a containment of some thermal mass, like brick or clay. In other words a mini electric oven...not quite a forge. This is a lead plate, about 25lbs. I poured several of these from recycled wheel weights, back about 1980.