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Thread: Got me a pig!

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    Boolit Bub
    Join Date
    Sep 2017

    Got me a pig!

    I posted on CL asking for lead at .50c a pound. One of the people that responded said he had a 100 pound bar, something somebody was using as a boat anchor. I went to check it out fearing a lump of metal of unknown content but was pleasantly surprised to find a honest to goodness foundry pig!

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    Bonus; this foundry seased operations under that name in 1905 when it was bought up by another company, this thing is old and more likely than not pure lead. It is pretty amazing to find it in Alaska as the city of Anchorage didn't even exist back then, there wasn't even a town there.

    Currently I have no need for soft lead so I'll just leave it alone for the time being. Eventually I figure I'll rig a support so I can lower it end first into my melting pot.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2016
    You can chop it up with a chain saw

  3. #3
    Good find!

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    Boolit Master
    Join Date
    Dec 2013
    St.Germain, WI
    When SCUBA diving there's nothing better than finding a lead anchor. Pays for the tank of air.
    The only amendment the Democrats support is the 5th.

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    Boolit Buddy daloper's Avatar
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    Jul 2016
    Sparta Michigan
    When I cut my stuff that needs it to fit in the pot, I spread a tarp and cut it with a saws-all.

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    Boolit Master
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Could have been ship/boat ballast.

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    Boolit Master

    Springfield's Avatar
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    May 2005
    San Jose, California
    Get it analyzed. I bought a couple of hundred pounds of stuff like this with the same name on it and it scanned at 95.6 Pb and 4.4% Sb.

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    Boolit Master
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Northwest corner of Vermont
    I have to cut the foundry pigs in half so they stay in my pot without tipping over the side. Skilsaw with a carbide blade cuts them with about as much effort as cutting a PT 4x4 timber.
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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
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