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Need soft lead for slugging my rifles.

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by carsonbm, Dec 5, 2006.

  1. carsonbm

    carsonbm Well-Known Member

    I need to buy a small amount of soft lead, if anyone has a little to sell please let me know.
  2. mc223

    mc223 Well-Known Member

    Hardware stores sell solid lead solder, that can be melted into a slug.Hobby stores sell lead for stained glass projects. The local range has tons of lead just laying on the ground, well maybe some is buried in the berms.
  3. toecutter

    toecutter Well-Known Member

    If you're really intent on using lead I'll give you some, otherwise I would suggest just finding some cerrosafe. If you don't feel like waiting, maybe get some solder? If interested, send me a PM with a mailing address. You want it in any form or is just a flat chunk ok?
  4. longrifleman

    longrifleman Well-Known Member

    I've had good results using lead fishing weights. The egg shaped ones are available in different sizes and the hole in the middle seems to to help maintain dimension when the slug is compressed. The last ones I bought in a package of 10 or 12 from Wally World were about a buck.
  5. Navy_Guns

    Navy_Guns Well-Known Member

    For what caliber? a OO buck pellet works great for .30 caliber - it's plenty soft.
  6. Smokey Joe

    Smokey Joe Well-Known Member

    Lead for slugging

    Carsonbm--The last time I had an urge to do this I took a blackpowder rifle ball (pure, soft lead) and hammered it into a tapered cylinder just a little larger than the diameter of the bore to be slugged. Worked like a charm.

    Any BP shooter you know should have the necessary soft lead projectiles, and will probably let you have just one, for little or nothing.
  7. DaveInFloweryBranchGA

    DaveInFloweryBranchGA Well-Known Member

    You're better off to make a serrosafe casting. Lower temperature and does a much better job. You can get it at Brownells.com


  8. Sunray

    Sunray Well-Known Member

    Just buy some cast bullets in the calibre of the rifle. No need for anything special. Cerrosafe is used for making chamber casts.
  9. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

    Best method for exact measurments. Pour chamber, leade, and a 1/2 inch or so of the barrel. Directions with kit.
  10. Pumpkinheaver

    Pumpkinheaver Well-Known Member

    Buy a box of musket roundballs or get one of your buds to guve you one just over the caliber of you rifle. They are pretty soft.

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