Nice looking pot. The stopper is upright which I bet doesn't drip like the slanted stopper on the 10lbs pot. You'll also get great flow with the larger pot. All in all with that set up you probably wouldn't ever need a ladle. The cheapo 10lbs pot has limitations is all. I read some have massive temp control control issues. Honestly, once you cast and get into the zen of it you "know" temp and adjust it to what works by how the lead is behaving in pot and in mold. I turn up the cheapo Lee 10 pounder to full when melting then set it between 5 and 6 on temp knob once lead is melted. It's where my pot makes for good casting temp. When adding more lead as pot is running out I take a break and set the mold with fresh pour in it on top of pot to keep everything warm and go make a cup of coffee, have a smoke. Come back and lead in pot is ready to go so break sprue, dump bullets and start casting again. Don't get me wrong, perfect temp control is going to make perfect slugs. It's just once you play with it long enough you can make perfect slugs without that expense. I mean within a grain of weight, without knowing and mothering the temp it can be done. I've cast slugs for long time PB long shot shooters that turned to air and was told I cast a great tolerance of weight. I don't even have a scale to measure it.EDIT- reread this and see how pompous it comes across. Not the intent, just sayin' once you get to casting and get to reading the cues of lead and mold it all comes together on a modest budget. There is a zen to it.
Triggertreat,The mold is the 217-20-RF-CE6 2 cavity brass.Roachcreek