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    Exciting score!

    My cousin's kid is a machinist for a well known Az machine shop.
    This past Saturday, Christmas came early! He brought me over 350 lbs of tin/copper/lead Babbitt! The price? Free!
    He says he'll get me the metallurgical spec sheet asap.Click image for larger version. 

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    if it doesn't fit, don't force it. Get a BIGGER HAMMER!

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    Good for you my friend.

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    Great! Good for him. I've been using copper hard babbit to sweeten my alloys for a couple years now. It doesn't take much so you have a lifetime supply most likely. Gp

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    Turns out, it's even better than I thought! Just sent me the data sheet....Click image for larger version. 

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    Almost 93% Tin!! Dang!!
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    You're golden! Er, I mean tinny. Uh, stannous?

    Any way, congrats on the major score!

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    Thanks, everyone. I'm going to have to buy some equipment to process it all. Then figure out how much I'm keeping for my use.
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    350 pounds of almost pure tin. Wow! You scored big time. That will keep you going for a long time.

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    I think that's Nickelite babbitt, I got one ingot of it a few years ago mixed in with lead from a scrap yard. It's expensive stuff, good catch.

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    That was a good score! Depending on your age you should consider keeping all of it. That would be a lifetime supply of tin for most casters.

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    You have two extra bonus items there. Antimony of course is good and at 7% it will be unlikely to reduce the percentage in any alloy you add the Babbitt to for the tin. Second goody is the copper. Makes a "tougher" bullet, one less likely to break apart. Helpful for hunting bullets as it can help prevent a hard bullet from shattering on impact with a large bone. Or potentially help keep a softer lead/tin hollow point in one piece as it expands.

    Major, major score. Considering the going rate for tin in S&S forum and the going rate for COWW lead you may well be able to sell a modest portion of your Babbitt alloy and use the proceeds to purchase a large quantity of of COWW or plain lead as a basic ingredient.
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    If I did the math right, thats enough to add 2% tin to 16,000+ pounds of lead. Great score.
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    Well y'know...if you have too much I'm right down in Tucson.

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    you got yourself about 3000 bucks worth of tin!!!!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by sledgehammer001 View Post
    Thanks, everyone. I'm going to have to buy some equipment to process it all. Then figure out how much I'm keeping for my use.
    Don't complain with that amount. You can sell what you do not need how much can it cost for a pot and mini muffin pan, Brand new even!

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    I've processed about 50lbs of it now. Nasty chore! Being from a lathe, the stuff is covered in cutting oil. High temp cutting oil that doesn't burn off so well.
    I decided to go with bars rather than standard ingots or muffins. Should be easier to use in the end.Click image for larger version. 

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    What are you using to process it? I've seen people using cast iron pans or pots for that quite frequently...would that be able to handle a higher heat for melting off the oil?

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    And I thought I hit the jack pot getting 3 ten pound tin ingots at a auction for $28. WOW good for you.

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