View Full Version : let the smelting begin

04-12-2015, 02:17 PM
Well guys finally got all my stuff together and am going to start smelting whenever this wind dies down. I have about 800lbs of reclaimed bullets to smelt. I will keep you posted.

04-12-2015, 10:51 PM
Goodluck!! Have FUN!! And be careful!!

04-12-2015, 11:03 PM
That sure is a decent pile of metal to melt!

I hope there will be before and after pictures, nothing like a pile of shiny ingots to show for a days work.

04-13-2015, 01:00 PM
Good luck I have never dealt with range scrap

04-13-2015, 04:48 PM
If it's really dirty, i found that keeping a good puddle of molten lead helps melt what you add. I have dealt with some really nasty stuff, about 50/50 lead to dirt/rocks it took time, but i got a good result.

Another one i had was from an indoor range that used sheet rubber as a bullet trap. The projectiles were a mix of lead, jackets and rubber all mangled together. As the lead heats, the rubber melted into a black smelly goo. Took a few days to process with the help of my dad, but i got about 800kg when done.

04-13-2015, 10:13 PM
I did about a half a pot tonight and I need a second muffin pan but I learned a couple things. My lead muffins came out at about 3 to 4lbs each. No major problems so unto the next one.

05-05-2015, 01:20 AM
I melted down about 500 lbs we dug up at the gun club it was about 1/3 dirt, but it was free

05-05-2015, 01:28 AM
Free is a good price!

05-06-2015, 07:16 AM
Free is a good price!

Most definitely! I've "processed" over 900 kgs/2,000 lbs of range scrap dug out from a pistol range. Even though I spent a bit of time washing and picking out the bigger stones, it's amazing how much dirt and general crud still comes off it!!!