processing wheel weight to ingots

crapsguy

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I have a question.
What happens if one lets the lead and zinc melt together for something like fishing sinkers not bullets? Will it layer? Sinkers will likely be lost over time so if the mix of zinc and lead will work, Could one just go that route?
if you have zinc in your lead ingots and use an electric pot with a thermostat on it to cast you can set it at around 650deg and the zinc will come to the top looking like oatmeal and you can skim it off -- or if you lower the temp on your big pot - as it cools the zinc will come to the top
probably wouldn't hurt to use them in bullets as the zinc and lead mix is still softer than metal jacket bullets

never had a problem with moisture in ww but was adding some range lead to a pot that apparently had moisture in a jacket or something + and it does explode - that's a fact.
 

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if you have zinc in your lead ingots and use an electric pot with a thermostat on it to cast you can set it at around 650deg and the zinc will come to the top looking like oatmeal and you can skim it off -- or if you lower the temp on your big pot - as it cools the zinc will come to the top
probably wouldn't hurt to use them in bullets as the zinc and lead mix is still softer than metal jacket bullets

never had a problem with moisture in ww but was adding some range lead to a pot that apparently had moisture in a jacket or something + and it does explode - that's a fact.
Did you cut open the jacketed bullet(s) before dumping in the pot? I’ve heard a number of times to nip open jacket bullets to allow lead to flow out instead of explode.
 

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Did you cut open the jacketed bullet(s) before dumping in the pot? I’ve heard a number of times to nip open jacket bullets to allow lead to flow out instead of explode.
You can also smash them with a big hammer just aslong as there is a crack in them, also if you dont want to spend the time cutting or smashing make sure you put a heavy lid on the pot so you dont have splatterings going everywhere
 
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