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Thread: Pool Vacuum Weights

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    Boolit Bub

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    Pool Vacuum Weights

    Based on a youtube video I took apart a worn out pool vacuum head, similar to this:
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    I extracted these weights (about 2.25 pounds):
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    Any idea what the alloy probably is? It scrapes pretty easily with a screwdriver.

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    Boolit Buddy
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    The ones I checked were Zn. Use a cutting pliers to test. I passed one up I saw on the road because the one I had was Zn, must have fallen out of a truck.

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    I took one of those pool sweepers apart once. Wasn't into casting at the time, but been saving lead for a long time. Didn't look like lead to me, so I pitched them into the scrap pile. As NYFirefighter357 said, test with a pair of dykes. Or use a drop or two of pool acid. If zn, it will foam up.

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    Boolit Bub

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    Tin snips cut through these, and the YouTuber I saw was casting bullets with his. I'll see if I can find the video again.

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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