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Thread: lead analysis

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    Boolit Master
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    lead analysis

    Hello,

    I just bought a bunch of lead from someone who is getting out of casting.

    He is not sure of the composition but he bought it from a fellow who claimed that it was 80 lead/20% tin.

    Does anyone here offer analyzing services? I am happy to pay of course. The lead is all in ingots and my idea was to take 2 or 3 at random and send them off. I would include a money order or cash for services and they could keep the ingots so they wouldn't have to mess with return shipping.

    Thanks in advance for your help.


    Steve in N CA

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    Boolit Master

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    A member here, BNE, will analyze it for you. His usual deal is that he wants a pound of lead per sample. He has a few stickies about the composition of stick on and clip on weights. He is a good guy to deal with and usually has a fast turn around time. He does it at work and it does depend on his work load.

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    Boolit Master
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    Contact BNE, he can check it for you. He did a sample for me a while back that happily matched what i expected.

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    Boolit Master
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    Thank you guys!

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    Boolit Man
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    BNE is a hugh asset to this forum's casters. A pound of lead, depending on how you got it, plus SFRB shipping is a reasonable cost to know exactly what you have, especially if you send multiple samples ( I've sent up to ten, IIRC, which means the cost per test was under two bucks).

    It may not be necessary to have an exact composition all the time, but I find it worth while knowing when I want to duplicate an alloy I've made previously; can't be done without knowing the content of the original and the compositions of the component metals I'm going to alloy together.

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    Sometimes just knowing the hardness is enough unless your pushing for extremes

    http://castboolits.gunloads.com/show...rdness-testing

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    Boolit Man
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    Fair enough, Grmps. I've only been casting a year or two and maybe, like any beginner mixer and heater of various substances, I stick close to the book in terms of ingredients and instructions to make sure the cake or the bullet comes out like I want. I haven't got the experience yet to know what is truly essential, what applies when, and what can be changed or even ignored.

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