Question about casting lead.

Question about casting lead.

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    Question about casting lead.

    I have not yet begun to cast my own bullets, but in the future it wil be a definite. My question is: I was gutting my bathroom and removed the lead shower pan. Would this be suitable for casting? How can I test it if need be. It may be a while before I get to it but it's gotta weigh around 50-60 lbs. is it worth holding onto? Thanks
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    Yes hang on to it. I'm not a plumber so I can't tell you what grade of lead you have. I know they sell hardness testers but they are kinda expensive.
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    Yes you can use it. More than likely its pure lead , so you would need to alloy it to make the lead harder.Bullets that are too soft will cause an excessive amount of leading. Go to the "cast Boolits" forum for everything there is to know about casting and molding.
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    The hardness of soft lead can be increased.

    (Boy, that barely makes sense.)
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    It’s probably pure lead which is ideal for muzzleloaders but for centerfire it will need to be alloyed other metals to increase hardness.

    Lots of good info here. Cast Boolits
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    Heck yes hang on to it. It's getting harder to find at reasonable prices anyway. It's probably pure lead which is just what you want for older black powder arms. For newer stuff you'll need to mix it with some other things like tin and antimony but by all means keep it.
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    Thanks guys. Good info. As far as storing it. It is a rather large piece, so cutting it down into smaller pieces and storing in 5 gallon buckets would be fine right? I'd have to do that anyway.
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    Yes it is fine to cut up and store in buckets -
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    Not hard at all to make it "harder". Simply mix in some wheelweights when you melt it down. How hard you want it depends on the velocity of the loads you make. BEWARE---there is such a thing as too hard. A bullet that is too hard will lead your bore just as quickly as one too soft.
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    Check out the Midway USA YouTube channel. Larry Potterfield is always casting his own bullets and says what lead content he uses.
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