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Posted: 4/29/2009 11:25:44 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/29/2009 11:26:24 PM EDT by 1Andy2]
Is it hard enough to perform well as a recast centerfire pistol bullet?  I was thinking about doing my plinking practice into a bullet trap and reclaiming the lead.
Link Posted: 4/29/2009 11:47:28 PM EDT
They're swage formed(basically pure lead), so unless you're planning on using really light loads, you'll need to add some tin and antimony to the pot when melting.
Link Posted: 4/30/2009 5:08:55 AM EDT
You can also cut it with wheel weights.

Some prefer a 50/50 (50%lead-50%WW) mix for lower pressure rounds like 45 ACP
Link Posted: 4/30/2009 9:28:58 AM EDT
good info.  I'll have to see if I can get my hands on some wheel weights.  Especially now while metal prices are somewhat down again.
Link Posted: 4/30/2009 2:39:03 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/30/2009 2:40:26 PM EDT by Elwood_Blues]
I *recall* from 20 years ago at a tour of a .22rf plant they used 2-3% antimony with 97-98% lead.  No tin added, explicitly.   Tin costs money, antimony not so much.

I salvaged several hundred pounds of lead from an indoor range.  Hardness was OK, but had to add tin to fill out the bullets.
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