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Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Visionz45, Jul 31, 2010.

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  1. Visionz45

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    Ive found a 15 lb pot of lead in my parents shed and was told that it was pure lead for roofing purposes. Do I need to add anything to this, tin ect. I will be loading 405 gr 45-70 bullets.
     
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    Add linotype 50/50
     
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    castboolits is the place to answer all your questions. Casting is a great resource, practically adds another hobby to shooting and reloading. :)
     
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    Between The High Road and Castboolits there isn't much you could ask that someone couldn't answer.
     
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    Pure Lead is very soft, and is somewhat difficult to cast good quality bullets with. Tin increases fluidity of Lead, improves fill-out in molds, and by itself hardens Lead a little. When Tin and Antimony are added to Lead, they increase Lead hardness a lot.

    Ask yourself if you want your bullets hard. Many people do not for the .45-70.

    Cast Bullets is an excellent reference site.

    CDD
     
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    Tin will help up to 2-3% any more & there`s no gain & a wastse of $$

    Lino is hard to find & easiest to get in the form of WW.

    If ya can find some WWs mix 50/50 , or trade it for some more suitable alloyed lead , pure is harder than ever to come by & I`ve seen muzzle loaders trade 2/1 before.

    I have some soft lead & reserve it for special projects or use it for a base line to compare the characteristics of an alloys ability to perform .
     
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