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Thread: how to identify lead from zinc wheelweights

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    Boolit Bub
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    how to identify lead from zinc wheelweights

    What is the best way to tell tell the zinc or other types of wheelweights from the lead ones. I am trying to get me a supply up before I jump into buying everything to cast bullets.


    edited by JonB: 7/23/2015
    There is lots of info in this sticky about WW identification and sorting them.

    http://castboolits.gunloads.com/show...-Wheel-Weights
    Last edited by JonB_in_Glencoe; 07-23-2015 at 09:03 AM.

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    Side cutters on every weight that looks suspect is my normal procedure now.

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    They are harder to cut with the pliars right?

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    Yes they are a lot harder. Most of them I see will have Zn cast into them, but the last batch I sorted most of the zinc had no markings.

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    Thanks for the replies. I have a lot to learn with casting. Have reloaded for years but have always bought cast when I used them.

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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