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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February 7, 2008, 04:39 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.