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Thread: let the smelting begin

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    Boolit Bub
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    let the smelting begin

    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.

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    Boolit Master Gliden07's Avatar
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    Goodluck!! Have FUN!! And be careful!!
    45 ACP because shooting more than once is just silly!!

    Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.

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    Boolit Master
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    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.

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    Boolit Buddy
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    Good luck I have never dealt with range scrap

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    Boolit Master
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    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.

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    Boolit Bub
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    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.

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    Boolit Master at Heaven's Range
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    I melted down about 500 lbs we dug up at the gun club it was about 1/3 dirt, but it was free

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    Boolit Master
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    Free is a good price!

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    Boolit Master dikman's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tazza View Post
    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!!!

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Abbreviations used in Reloading

BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
C Compressed Charge PR Primer SPCL Soft Point "Core-Lokt"
HP Hollow Point PSPCL Pointed Soft Point "Core Lokt" C.O.L. Cartridge Overall Length
PSP Pointed Soft Point Spz Spitzer Point SBT Spitzer Boat Tail
LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
GC Gas Check