I was given a large amount scrap lead (400-500 lbs) and my source said it was from old phone lines. Most of it is large lead sleeves with a valve stem on it and some is like lead conduit. I am guessing it is pure lead similar to plumbers lead. I was wondering if anyone else used this type of scrap lead and how it work? I am planning on mixing 50/50 with wheel weights.
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One suggested additional element, Sn - Tin. Tin will help flow and mold fill. Only about 2-3% needed to do the job. Your bullets will be free of wrinkles and have a much more uniform weight with a little Tin.
If you want some mix suggestions to give you an idea of final BHN, see the attached link in the Reloading Forum in this sticky post. Cast Reference "the middle link"
Or go straight to the page if this works. Bottom of the article. Cast bullet reference on lead alloy's, min / max pressure, lube, shrinkage,
Last edited by Herrschutz; 03-12-2018 at 11:09 PM.
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If your loading for a 45 acp I think your mix should work fine.
So if your mix doesn't fill the grooves on your mold add a little tin
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First, ask your source if they have any more of that laying around.
Treat is like pure lead. Mixed like you said with wheel weight plus a little tin from lead-free solder and you are going to cast a bunch of bullets.
Last edited by Dawei; 03-13-2018 at 09:02 PM.
Lots of options here. I mix pure lead/ wheel weights 50/50 and water quench. For rifle velocities up to 2200 fps they make a very nice expanding bullet. For rifle velocities over 2200 and up to 2450 or so I mix 75% WW and 25% pure and water quench for a nice expanding bullet. I have found that for an expanding bullet for handguns (and this is all dependent on velocities), 50/50 air cooled still needs pure lead added to get decent expansion, but as a minimally expanding handgun bullet the 50/50 air cooled works out nicely for velocities around 11-1200 fps tops............. for a non-expanding handgun bullet 50/50 water quenched is also excellent.
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Get a roll of rosin core solder. Mix about a 12" of it in each pot melt.
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I would say that is a good score, lead sells for at least 1.00 a pound. yes that is soft lead, I like to get it that way then I can mix to the hardness I like......
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Thanks for the replies, there is some good information. I casted some 38-150 SWC and 44- 245 SWC with 50/50 That turned out pretty good haven't had a chance to shoot them yet.
What would adding the rosin core solder do?
Just be prepared to remove lots and lots of slag! Melt it down and flux it before you mix it with anything.