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Lead "Smelting"
Old 04-01-2010, 05:53 PM
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Default Lead "Smelting"

As most of you are aware, I cast my own bullets. I collect wheel weights from a couple local tire stores for this purpose and with the eventual demise, as it were, of lead wheel weights they are becoming a pretty hot commodity.

Monday I picked up another two 5 gallon buckets full (about 250 pounds) for $20. This makes 5 buckets full I have to "smelt"

I use my home-made coal fired forge and an old sauce pan to melt the wheel weights.

After the slag and other "stuff" is skimmed off I ladle the nice clean lead into my home-made ingot molds.

A five gallon bucket of wheel weights yields about 90-100 pounds of ingots, so I should have nearly 500 pounds of ingots when I'm done. Enough to last quite a while I would think.

I used to just put the wheel weights in my Lee production pot and skim of the "ick" as I cast bullets, but the little missus complained about the smoke and fumes so I started to "smelt" the weights outside. Got me out of the house AND the doghouse at the same time

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