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silly question about pewter

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by jonjon1885, Feb 7, 2008.

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  1. jonjon1885

    jonjon1885 Member

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    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:
     
  2. rcmodel

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    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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  3. Sunray

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    "...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'.
     
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    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?
     
  5. jonjon1885

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    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
     
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    If you want to keep on casting check out DO IT molds for fishing sinkers and lures.
     
  7. peterotte

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    You could just use the pewter as a source of tin for hardening lead.
     
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