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    LET'S KICK THIS HORSE ON MORE TIME....LOL..If it is a spincast mold it is probably wearing from use. As they wear from taking the heads out it will continue to get bigger,thus the weight will increase. If you use a aluminum mold enough it will do the same thing, it just takes longer usually. But I have said for years that stamping weights on do it molds is useless. They are hardly ever what they say they are. It does not take a genius to know a head with a barbed collar weighs more than a collarless head. Yet in most do it molds the diameter of the heads in both molds are the same size. Common sense will tell you that's not right...lol. But in the other side of things,all lead is not created equal. They vary different in weight according to what it is made from. Pure lead will weigh different than say melted wheel weight lead will WHEN POURED AS A HEAD. Also all hooks do not weigh the same. Someone that has not poured a lot would never notice it, but after several million you tend to notice the little things...lol. For instance, the little nasty wire diameter is smaller than what is used for sickle hooks. They are the same size or very close in looks but the wire size is different. Again, a weight difference. You can go on and on when it comes to jig weight. There are to many variables to try and control to ever be exact and consistently exact. So just pour/buy what you like, add some makeup and a new dress and go fishin'...lol..
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    I sell a jig very popular here in Central NY state. When my father began selling them in the late 60s there was a collar (to flair the hair) that was removed some time in the early 70s as dads tying style changed. The head sizes were 5/8, 1/2, 1/4 - now of course they are all closer to 1/2, 3/8, 1/8 but we still sell them by their head size (without the oz / weight mentioned). There are some complaints over the years; I still tie and sell hundred of doz each year. As a jig fisherman my personal thought is that if you are spending time weighing your jigs, your doing it wrong.
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    With the little experience I have at pouring, I quickly noticed that, as an example, a 1/8 ball collared jig head with a #2 hook will run close to actual weight. A 1/8 round jig head without collar will run about 25% less. Same trend seems to hold for 1/32 and 1/16.

    Also noticed some sinker manufactureres no longer go by weight , but "size". #7, #4, #3, etc...

    The few people I have had comment about wieght descepency, I have just told them the head is the same size as a collared jig of that weight.

    All have been OK with that.
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    Thanks guys for all the above info, have been wondering how to weigh all the different heads. so now I know not to, tie a jig, fish a jig and don't sweat the small stuff(all stuff is small) and make sure to get a nap. Thanks again for the info.--shu
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    Just some input for those that don’t already know. One setting on the small electronic scales is grains. 7000 grains to a pound, and you can do the math from there. Easy on this old head to figure grains and leave decimal points behind. Just me.....
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    I was searching the wrong forum for this thread. Thanks.
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