Privacy guaranteed - Your email is not shared with anyone.

Egg sinker to slug a barrel?

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by J Lee, Apr 10, 2014.

  1. J Lee

    J Lee Silver Member

    Aug 5, 2013
    Had an employee in a local LGS say he uses a lead egg sinker to slug barrels. Reasoning was the lead is usually a very soft alloy. Anyone try this and any reason not to?
  2. WeeWilly


    Nov 12, 2011
    Yes, egg sinker will work, just make sure it doesn't have anything in it to make it really hard (like antimony, etc.), makes it harder to get through.

  3. J Lee

    J Lee Silver Member

    Aug 5, 2013
    Guess I've never noticed or even looked but do the labels usually tell what they are made of?
  4. dkf


    Aug 6, 2010
    Most common lead sinkers/split shot here in the states goes under the name "Water Gremlin" and there is no marking on it that says lead. It does have the required label by California that says it contains lead.(apparently Californians don't know lead contains lead)

    You can tell by weight and sound which are lead and which are steel or an other alloy. The non lead weights usually say they are not lead.

    For egg sinkers they use pure lead because it is heavier than a lead alloy. Putting a light coating of gun oil on the sinker will help it slide better.
  5. J Lee

    J Lee Silver Member

    Aug 5, 2013
    Thanks so much. I'll head to the tackle shop this weekend.
  6. PhantomF4E


    Aug 24, 2010
    South Florida
    Haven't heard that name in a while . I knew the folks who owned Water Gremlin in White Bear Lake Mn. When I was a kid . Actually pinned sinkers for them for a pt job in the early 70's . I think back now, as I am casting up bullets , DANG, If I only knew , I could have gotten a lifetime supply of lead !!!
    Egg sinkers work fine , I have used them in the past . I still have a tennis ball tin full of brass sinker pins in my garage lol .. Come in handy for projects every once in a while
  7. mvmojo


    Jan 30, 2012
    Just watched a YouTube video showing how to cast a slug to use for slugging a barrel. Made sense to me and looked a lot easier than trying to drive an egg sinker or lead ball through the barrel.

  8. Three-Five-Seven

    Three-Five-Seven Señor Mombo Millennium Member

    Aug 8, 1999
    Great Southwest
    Lead is not an alloy-- it's lead.

    Pure lead would be the softest and best thing to use.

    Unfortunately, sinkers and boat keels are where the junkiest alloy ends up. So, you don't know what you're getting with store-bough sinkers. In all likelihood they are a relatively hard alloy with impurities. If you have a friend who casts sinkers, best ask him to make some up with pure lead.