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PostSubject: Lead alloy   January 6th 2014, 12:33 pm

Hello,

I use tire weights to cast my own balls for target shooting. Does that cause any problems?

If I use a soft alloy, will the ball deform to a larger diameter when it hits a deer, for example?.

My weapon is a .625 rifled, signed by T. A. Brown. It's not Damascus, it's modern steel.

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PostSubject: Re: Lead alloy   January 6th 2014, 12:39 pm

Roger the ww lead is ok for plinking and when you want the ball to penetrate.

Pure lead on the other hand will expand nicely when it hits flesh .
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PostSubject: Re: Lead alloy   January 6th 2014, 2:10 pm

I use a lot of WW lead and it does mold out a little hard and light. I have been melting the WWs in my pot one time to clean them and then cast the lead into the cute Lyman ingots. I will melt them down the second time and turn the pot temp up and skim off the crud when I cast some bullet. Fer instance if I mold a 50 cal RB with once fired(melted) lead the alloys will cause the rb to weigh out light like about 10 gr, Remelted and double skimmed the PBRs are within 3 gr of the 178 gr pure lead weight and softer also.
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PostSubject: Re: Lead alloy   January 6th 2014, 2:26 pm

Glad you got on Roger! Darn password deals can get annoying at times lol.

Wheel weight is ok,. They cast harder and throw a lighter ball and due to the extra hardness of the lead, they tend to be a bit stiffer to load, Other than that, no problems.
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PostSubject: Re: Lead alloy   January 6th 2014, 6:37 pm

The stick-on wheel weights are almost pure lead. The clamp-on type are harder and can be used for patched round balls. However, I wouldn't use them except patched or in a sabot. Full bore size bullets will work better if pure lead is used IMO.

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PostSubject: Re: Lead alloy   January 6th 2014, 10:08 pm

Yep the softer a conical the easier it obturates
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PostSubject: Re: Lead alloy   January 9th 2014, 4:29 pm

Unfortunately  they are changing wheel weights to plastic and or zinc...
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PostSubject: Re: Lead alloy   January 9th 2014, 5:39 pm

Bought some more lead pipes from the recycle place in town today. He charges 35 cents/lb. for lead. I think he only gets 32 cents/lb. from his buyer so he holds on to it for a couple of weeks in case someone wants to pay him a little more.

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PostSubject: Re: Lead alloy   January 10th 2014, 1:00 am

What are the lead pipes used for?

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PostSubject: Re: Lead alloy   January 10th 2014, 4:03 am

It was used for drain pipes in old homes and they are normally pure lead.
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PostSubject: Re: Lead alloy   January 10th 2014, 12:40 pm

MLN1963 wrote:
What are the lead pipes used for?

In old movies they're used for beating the crap out of people.  Razz lol! 

As spit said and they actually used them as water pipes long ago until they found out they caused lead poisoning. Pewter contains lead too so be careful of those antique plates.

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