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Thread: Range lead

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    Range lead

    I just melted some recovered lead from my local range. After cleaning the dirt and jackets etc. I fluxed and ceaned as well as I could but had a brownish 'STUFF' floating on the melt that wouldn' t go away. What could it be?

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    Flux it with candle you should be able to scoop it up whatever it is.

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    I’ve used pine saw dust for all my fluxing, the more pitch in the wood the better

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    Did you flux it seveal times with sawdust and then some wax and the stuff still come back like realy fast.is it just a thin film on top this would be oxidation.Or is it more like oatmeal floating? this may be some sort of contamination.some alloys oxidize faster than others

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    Is it possible that you had some sort of plastic contamination occur. I have had black and brown stuff like that, appear when I melted some powder coated bullets. maybe you got a few of the poly coated bullets that Federal makes in you melt? fluxing with sawdust or pine pet bedding will get rid of it. If it is plastic.

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    Sintered copper from frangibles?

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    If it is smoking like hell its going to be melted clay pigeon the bane of my existence. You are going to loose a little lead just scoop it out n chunk it. I get it in every batch I melt,good luck.

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    It's probably left over dirt. Whenever I use my spoon to scrape the sides of the pot, it floats up to the surface.
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    scoop it off and throw it away. if it wont mix when smelting its just going to give you problems when you cast.
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BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
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