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deg 01-27-2013 09:20 PM

Casting bullets
Considering casting my own bullets - is old scrap lead from fishing gear, wheel weights, roofing, and such ok to use?

hmh 01-27-2013 09:31 PM

Its fine wheel weights are not made from lead anymore. The old ones are okay.

nitestalker 01-27-2013 09:43 PM

It depends on what you are casting for? Casting lead bullets is done by the pressures you want to achieve. Pouring straight WW alloy can handle most handgun pressures developing up to 1,200 fps. A small amount of tin added to the pot will allow for a better pour and mold fill. Pure lead runs a BHN of 5 to 6 which is hard measure with a simple Brenell tester. Pure lead is fine for light loads. A BHN above 12 to 22 can handle a velocity of 2,000 fps when hard lubed and gas checked.
If you plan on just throwing everything in the pot, who knows what you will get. Make sure you flux it to save the tin.:)

robocop10mm 01-27-2013 10:30 PM

The roofing lead and sinkers are pure lead, soft and not very useful for bullets as is. The soft lead is nice for specialty stuff like shotgun slugs and muzzle loader bullets if tin is added to mae a 20/1 Lead/Tin alloy

Wheel weights are a good base product for bullets. Add some tin (2-4%) and most handgun uses are satisfied. Add some antimony from a source like Linotype and you can do pretty much anything. I cast my high velocity bullets for .30 and .224 rifles from half WW and half linotype. Crimp on a gas check and 2800 fps is perfectly reasonable.

deg 01-27-2013 11:18 PM

Oh my....I better do some research. I was thinking about for a .40 handgun. I am no sharp shooter. I am mostly do shotgun sports but also have a .40 SW I was thinking about reloading for. I don't even know what some of the acronyms stand for....I need some school'n!

nitestalker 01-27-2013 11:24 PM

Robo Wow 2,800 FPS in say a .308? I can never hit that with straight Linotype or foundry lead. Would you PM me a load that you are using. Most interested.:)

robocop10mm 01-28-2013 01:43 AM

.223 57 gr RNGC 24 gr BLC-2 water quenched WW/Lino gas check R-P case CCI sm rifle primer.

No leading that I have found yet. Minute of beer can at 100 yds

samnev 01-28-2013 08:10 PM

If you cast make sure you get a bottom pour caster. The open pot method is a real disadvantage.

locutus 01-28-2013 10:45 PM


deg 01-28-2013 11:07 PM

Thanks I will check the link out. And my pot is a pour type, more to think about.....

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