MidSouth Shooters SupplyGraf & SonsInline FabricationLee Precision
RotoMetals2StainLess Steel MediaTitan Reloading

Donate Now Goal amount for this year: 6000 USD, Received: 4840 USD (81%)
We have reached our goal! Thanks to all who donated! I will be updating the donation bar in the next few days!
Our Annual server fund drive is going on now! This donation drive helps fund Cast Boolits for an entire year, and helps support our 2nd amendment rights! You can donate by Paypal by clicking the DONATE button. Or by Cash / Check / MO to the address below:

Willy Snyder
PO Box 2732
Pocatello, ID 83206
****Due to overwhelming e-mails, I will be very slow in updating this list. Please bear with me!****


Results 1 to 13 of 13

Thread: Lead Mining and smelting in 1948

  1. #1
    Boolit Master
    Traffer's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2016
    Location
    Central Wisconisn
    Posts
    1,307

    Lead Mining and smelting in 1948

    I found this interesting video documentary of Lead mining and smelting in 1948. At the end it mentions many of the various uses of lead in that day. Almost none of them use lead anymore. So the need for lead is far less now than it was then. This probably keeps the value low ...good for us boolit casters.
    AKA hans.pcguy

  2. #2
    Boolit Master
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    WI
    Posts
    303
    That was awesome to watch. Thank you for finding it and sharing. -Brad

  3. #3
    Boolit Master

    Hickory's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    The Great Black Swamp of Northwest Ohio
    Posts
    3,611
    This is how lead is smelted, after it comes from the ground in its raw form and is reduced to useable forms of lead.
    Any melting of lead after that is melting lead. There are no lead smelters in America anymore. All you lead smelters out there over glorify yourselves.
    Political correctness is a national suicide pact.

    I am a sovereign individual, accountable
    only to God and my own conscience.

  4. #4
    Boolit Master pjames32's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2014
    Location
    NW New Mexico
    Posts
    595
    Great video. Thanks for posting!
    NRA Benefactor Member

  5. #5
    Boolit Master
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Posts
    237
    Great video, thanks. In my early years of being a mining engineer I worked at two underground lead-zinc mines, one in NM and one in CO. One of the things I enjoyed was going underground and going into the work areas and helping the miners drill with the pneumatic drills. Spent many hours on those drills. Other times I would help them load the rounds drilled out. In the movie they showed two ways to detonate the powder, electric caps and cap and fuse. I've used both but in one mine we used a lot of cap and fuse. When a new batch of fuse came in the "powder monkey" had to cut off several pieces and time the rate of burn and post the rate of burn of the new fuse. Fuses were then cut to various lengths as this was the way to "time" the shots. All the holes could not go off at the same time but had to be sequenced to allow the rock to move out of the way for the next row of holes to go off.

    Now for some useless trivia. When the fuses had to be lit by hand individually both miners would start lighting the fuses in the right sequence. Sometimes, but rarely, a fuse would be defective and burn very rapidly instead of slowly. this was called a "runner". Now a miner always kept an open knife in his teeth with the blade pointed out that if a runner did happen he could quickly cut the fuse and save the round. If he couldn't cut it, well, run like hell. When it didn't happen each miner would watch the fuses he was lighting and when the fire in the fuse (you could see the black outer covering melting as it progressed) entered the front of the drill hole he would yell "Fire in the hole". That's when there was no stopping the round from going off.

    And that's the origin of the phrase "FIRE IN THE HOLE".

  6. #6
    Boolit Master






    Lloyd Smale's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Location
    munising Michigan
    Posts
    13,909
    and we worry about lead exposure! Those guys had to carry an extra 20lbs just in lead in there systems.
    Soldier of God, sixgun junky, Retired electrical lineman. My office was a 100 feet in the air, closer to God the better

  7. #7
    Boolit Master






    Lloyd Smale's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Location
    munising Michigan
    Posts
    13,909
    got to wonder too. As there is no more smelting in the US if I put away a ton of what I have now if my great great grandkids would find it as valuable as silver is today.
    Soldier of God, sixgun junky, Retired electrical lineman. My office was a 100 feet in the air, closer to God the better

  8. #8
    Boolit Master

    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    England,Ar
    Posts
    3,839
    That was an interesting video and history lesson. Johnho, that was an interesting bit of trivia about blasting. I've been around dynamite a little, mostly blowing tower foundations, beaver dams or stumps. There was no timing needed. Reading about rigging your holes and timing the shots was interesting.

  9. #9
    Boolit Bub
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Location
    along the wabash river s w indiana
    Posts
    43
    Great flick the old way today no way
    16s

  10. #10
    Boolit Master popper's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Posts
    7,575
    Kinda like the Hutchinson, Ks salt mines.
    Whatever!

  11. #11
    Boolit Master
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Location
    CSRA of Ga/SC
    Posts
    268
    Stopped at Gradys Sports in Anderson SC after a Silhouette match in Gainesville Ga...Gradys had lead shot for sale. 25lb bag was $45-from Peru

  12. #12
    Boolit Master
    Join Date
    Mar 2016
    Location
    SE MISSOURI
    Posts
    224
    This is a modern version of this and other uses of lead and making bullets , Sierra bullets. cool video. I live about 45 miles away from this site https://youtu.be/Uz0ObOAwncw

  13. #13
    Boolit Master
    Join Date
    Mar 2016
    Location
    SE MISSOURI
    Posts
    224
    Forgot to add that in the video listen to the speaker it sounds like a young Paul Harvey. If your old enuf to rember who he was on the radio.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
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