Lead vs Wheel Weight Balls?

Discussion in 'Blackpowder & Musket' started by killerclowns, Jun 7, 2007.

  1. killerclowns

    killerclowns New Member

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    The local gunsmith tells me I have to use soft lead and wheel weights are ok for a rifle but the Sporting Goods Store says Lead is too expensive now and they don't carry it but wheel weights are fine. I just finished casting a big ole bag of .451 balls out of wheel weights now I need to know if I can use them in my Pietta Remington and more importantly why? or why not? Is damage to the gun or injury to self at risk?
     
  2. hennigm4

    hennigm4 New Member

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    Wheel weights have to much tin in them and will not be as accurate as solid pure lead, they will also make a tinging sound when they leave the barrel, they are harder on your loading lever and rifling in the barrel. For just messing around it would be ok. I made the mistake and did not use pure lead, it defiantly effected accuracy. I shoot in the NSSA where accuracy is important. Check ebay for pure lead. I think you will notice a difference. As far as safety you might break your loading lever trying to seat your balls...