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Got 600 lbs of lead now what?

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by themighty9mm, Dec 21, 2011.

  1. themighty9mm

    themighty9mm

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    Just got 600 lbs of lead. Its lead wire .280 guage and 4.5% sb and 1% sn. Not sure what the SB is, or SN. Any clue? Its very soft, to soft for bullets I'd think, so I imagine I will need to add something. Tin maybe??? So far all my loading has been with jacketed bullets. So this is a whole new world for me.

    What all will I need? A mold, a batton, a pot to melt in, what sort of heat source? What else?

    Any good site you could direct me to to read up more on casting?
     
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  2. AZG26

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    SB is antimony, SN is tin
     

  3. GioaJack

    GioaJack Conifer Jack

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    Don't waste your time or money... send it to me before you hurt yourself.


    Jack
     
  4. WiskyT

    WiskyT Malcontent

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    You need to tell us where you got it. PM me with the info two weeks before you post it to the public.
     
  5. Zombie Steve

    Zombie Steve Decap Pin Killa

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    You basically have wheel weight alloy. Good stuff. Plenty hard for most stuff, and you can water drop them from the mold if you need to cheat the hardness a little.

    Get a nice pot with a bottom pour, mold(s), handles (turns out molten lead is hot) and a sizer / lubricator. It's possible you won't have to size and can use liquid alox to lube.

    Here are a few resources:

    http://www.lasc.us/CastBulletNotes.htm

    http://castboolits.gunloads.com/

    http://www.castpics.net/
     
  6. themighty9mm

    themighty9mm

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    Lol Got it from my job with my boss's bleasing. My buddy and I took all they had. They had 1200 lbs, he took half for a Xmas gift for his dad and father in law. Unfortunatly they wont be getting any more. A good start either way though
     
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  7. themighty9mm

    themighty9mm

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    Thank you for the sources. So even just 4.5% atimony and 1% tin its hard enough? It seems very soft
     
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  8. Zombie Steve

    Zombie Steve Decap Pin Killa

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    It's lead.
     
  9. EL_NinO619

    EL_NinO619 EX-Swage Monkey

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    Now what.....??? I will pay for all the flat rate boxes to be delivered to your home (the boxes are free) Pack up as much of that toxic lead that will do things to you, your mother wont recognize (reference Jack) and go to the post office write my address on the boxes and pay for the shipping. About a week later you can also send me a thank you card for saving your life. Your Welcome in advance and take it as a Christmas gift.. PM me for my address, I don't want certain people knowing where I live... XDRoX etc....
     
  10. fredj338

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    Just a thought. Lead wire is spendy stuff. Many bullet swaging guys buy lead wire for cores. You may be able to trade it for a larger supply of ww alloy. Just a thought. Take that to the Cast Boolit forum & see if anyone is interested. That is perfect size wire for 30cal bullets swaging.
    Get the Lyman Cast bullel handbook, pretty much asnwers all the questionsa bout casting. I prefer a bottom pour pot to cast from, the 20# Lee is tough to beat for the $$. Then you have to decide on what mold & how you want to lube &/or size.
     
  11. GioaJack

    GioaJack Conifer Jack

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    See, Fred agrees, it's too much trouble. Send it to me before you do something you'll regret.

    Do it for the children.


    Jack
     
  12. Beware Owner

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  13. fredj338

    fredj338

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    Come on Jack, sending you lead is like sending ice to eskimos. Send it to the poor folks behind the iron curtain of Kalif. I think they are making it a felony to have biohazard mat'l. like lead.:upeyes::crying:
     
  14. Beware Owner

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    You've got to be kidding me.
     
  15. fredj338

    fredj338

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    I am but it feels like it sometimes. No lead bullets in the Condor zones, felony for bringing high cap mags across the border, DOJ approval required for all handguns, blah, blah. Keep in mind we are $24B in the whole every year w/ over paid govt employees getting as much as 90% pensions, but hey, the ****ing weather is awesome!:tequila:
     
  16. EL_NinO619

    EL_NinO619 EX-Swage Monkey

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    Right, I guess the weather acts something like Prozac to keep us all numb and unaware of what is going on around us.. But I detoxed from that whole weather crap awhile ago... Its like hey your in prison but look at how nice the weather is.. By the way your taxes are due for your cell, plus you broke some EPA laws so there is also a bill for your violation there too....:steamed:
     
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  18. fredj338

    fredj338

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    Yep, it's why I have planned my exit strategy. Unlike XDrox, I am not retiring in sunny Kalif. Nope, I have a nice 10ac spot in Montana waiting for a house & me to move in. If the wife wants to come along, great, if not, just me & the dog then.:supergrin:
     
  19. GioaJack

    GioaJack Conifer Jack

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    A good dog is very, very hard to replace, a wife one the other hand... eh, not so much.


    Jack
     
  20. fredj338

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    Yep, women are like cats, they come & go, always another stray around the next corner.:whistling: