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I have a great supply of type metal. It has a lot of antimony in it. Is there a way to remove much of the antimony? My paper patch bullets are not bumping up and I feel that I need to reduce the antimony content.
05-29-2009, 05:33 PM
I would, assuming that you are talking about monotype, use 2 lbs of type metal with 7 lbs of scrap lead and add about 1/2 pound of 50/50 solder. If you have WW, then try 1 lb of type metal with 8 lbs of ww and 1/2 lb of 50/50.
The type metal by itself probably runs in the high 20s for hardness and won't bump up at all.
If you have a lot more type metal than you need, you can probably trade it off here for WW or lead.
05-29-2009, 06:29 PM
I've found that 3 pounds of monotype mixed with 7 pounds of pure lead is about equal to WW alloy. Adjust the ratios to achieve the amount of antimony desired.
05-30-2009, 07:46 PM
Are you shooting black powder?
yes, I am shooting black powder in a 45/70
05-31-2009, 08:49 PM
Vern, PM sent.
05-31-2009, 11:57 PM
Then you might want to use pure lead to get the obturation you need. You could dilute that linotype forever and not get it nearly as soft. Are you using a patched boolit that fits inside the bore?
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