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Have any of you casters tried putting your hand in molten lead?

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by coachg, Aug 16, 2010.

  1. coachg


    Dec 7, 2007
    From Mythbusters Mini Myth Mayhem. I watched this last night and was pretty amazed. I thought I had read somewhere that even just a few drops of sweat might make the molten lead shoot all over the place.

    A person can wet his hand and briefly dip it into molten lead without injury.


    Skip to 1:58 to miss the ear wax portion.
    Last edited: Aug 16, 2010
  2. fredj338


    Dec 22, 2004
    Nope, my common sense over rides my sense of adventure for foolish risks.

  3. GioaJack

    GioaJack Conifer Jack

    Apr 14, 2009
    Conifer, CO
    I don't care if you get burned or not, I ain't doin' it. The more important questions are where did they get all the lead and can I have it?

  4. Jeff82

    Jeff82 NRA Benefactor CLM

    Feb 25, 2002
  5. (Looking at a soldering iron burn on my hand) I don't think playing with molten lead is a good idea.
  6. jmorris


    Apr 13, 2006
    I have seen molten lead blown up to a 19 ft tall ceiling by having a very small amount of water introduced into the mix. I don’t let my ungloved hands near molten lead much less stick one of them in it.

    There are lots of things in life you CAN do but many of them you shouldn’t.
  7. srd


    Apr 4, 2009
    WOW !! I wil, pass on that one. Yes i have had a few drops of water hit inside my lead pot before. Yes it exploded !!
  8. DanaT

    DanaT Pharaoh

    So wouldnt it be better for some of you old guys to do it and tell us how it turns out? I mean, think about, we need our hands much longer....

  9. hackinpeat


    May 21, 2010
    I'm not a reloader, but I have done this when I was a teenager. Lead melts at around 600 degrees, you pull pans out of your oven at home at up to 500 degrees all the time (I'm sure you use a hot pad though hahah!)

    I have also walked on fire.

    A thin layer of water (or sweat and ash in the case of fire walking) can create a layer of steam that will protect you for a short amount of time. you can indeed dunk a wet hand in molten lead very quickly with no ill effects.
  10. wouldnt the water on your hand cause an eruption like a wet WW?
  11. Colorado4Wheel


    Nov 2, 2006
    I watched the episode a year ago. It worked. I know it shouldn't but it did. I can't imagine why you would ever try it. Takes guts. Maybe we can get Jack to try it.
  12. bush pilot

    bush pilot

    Jan 29, 2004
    Try getting a finger between the bottom of a die and the top of a ram and apply plenty of pressure, tell me if that hurts worse than the lead stunt.
  13. fredj338


    Dec 22, 2004
    I'm not sure it's guts. I saw a video of a guy jumping out of an airplane w/ no chute to hook up w/ a buddy that had a tandum rig on. Gutsy, brave, uh, no! Stupid is what I call it. ANytime one takes an extreme risk for a little or no reward is not brave but foolish IMO. Take heed or you'll never make it to be Jack's age.:fred:
    Last edited: Aug 17, 2010
  14. GioaJack

    GioaJack Conifer Jack

    Apr 14, 2009
    Conifer, CO
    Seeing as how the rest of you apparently have no testicular fortitude what-so-ever I decided to uphold the honor of Mountain Men everywhere and take the plunge... so to speak.

    The result is what you might expect... it is very difficult to type on an iPhone with one hand while an emergency room doctor holds it for you.

    I always knew those Mythbuster guys were full of crap! :crying:

  15. coachg


    Dec 7, 2007

    Just in case anyone decides to try this, (Please don't), it seemed like the temperature was critical. If it wasn't hot enough, it didn't form the protective layer and actually burned the sausage they used to test it.
    Last edited: Aug 17, 2010
  16. No, but then I've never pissed on a spark plug either.
  17. WHAT!!! You don't occasionally stick your digits in HOT MOLTEN LEAD??? What is going on?!?!? How else do you tell if it is ready???:tongueout:
  18. McGriff


    May 20, 2010

    Oh my goodness this one hurts so bad! I've had 2 good ones where I was scared to look and see how much damage was done to my finger. Both times with the sizing die which has the freaking needle that removes primers.