silly question about pewter


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jonjon1885
February 7, 2008, 03:08 PM
its soft, it malleable, it can be hardened with antimony, low meltpoint similar to lead.

I was just playing around with some really old pewter toys and realized that "hey this stuff is very similar to lead".


so the question would be would pewter be a viable alternative to lead in reloading/casting.

would it work, would it be cheaper. if so does any one use it and how would you load for pewter bullets? :confused:

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rcmodel
February 7, 2008, 03:39 PM
Pewter is traditionally between 85 and 99 percent tin, with the remainder consisting of 1-15 percent copper, acting as a hardener, with the addition of lead & less tin for the lower grades of pewter.

Tin costs several times more then lead, about $15.00 a pound I think, so there would be no cost advantage if it did work.

I also don't know what the shrinkage factor would be.
Bullet mold cavities are cut to allow for the % of shrinkage using traditional lead/tin/antimony bullet alloys, and if pewter shrank more or less then that, you would be casting the wrong size bullets.

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Sunray
February 7, 2008, 05:47 PM
"...really old pewter toys..." They can be worth a sizable chunk of money. You should think twice about destroying what could be valuable. Even 'tin soldiers'.

mrwilson
February 7, 2008, 09:20 PM
I was thinking about this the other day. What else could I mold with my casting equip. After pewter toy molds available? Anyone do this?

jonjon1885
February 7, 2008, 09:51 PM
the pewter toys i was talking about were junk udderly worthless.

mrwilson, yes there are molds for toys an what not. try ebay, or crags list you never know.i

Chawbaccer
February 7, 2008, 10:02 PM
If you want to keep on casting check out DO IT (http://www.do-itmolds.com/) molds for fishing sinkers and lures.

peterotte
February 8, 2008, 02:33 AM
You could just use the pewter as a source of tin for hardening lead.

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