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Thread: 15.75Million grains of lead Smelted into Ignorance

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    Boolit Man
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    15.75Million grains of lead Smelted into Ignorance

    Last weekend when to a friend and shooting/hunting partners place and we did a little bit of Smelting.
    The story starts with several years of WW gathering, begging and buying. A few scrap yards and a lot of tire shops.

    First we would empty out the wheel weights on a steel trailer with a diamond tread pattern and clean out a bunch of the dirt and start sorting. We sorted off ZN and steel WW and separated all the Soft Lead stickons to be smelted at a later date.

    Firing up the 1200lb pot with a barrel for a heat jacket and LP torch as a heat source. The PID I believe was from Hatch, the lead(not lead) was inserted into a steel pipe so it could be allowed to set down into the melt

    Clips were separated between each loading by a Basket closely fitted to the pot. Making clip separation a 1 step 2 minute process.

    More weights simply added with a shovel. All was repeated until pot was a full 1200 LBS.

    At this point we alloyed the WW with an additional 1% Tin

    Pouring was into 5lb homemade IGNORANCE trays and passed along in assembly line type fashion. We were running 4 trays with 3-4 guys.

    The tray would leave the pot and be placed on a cooling tower built from a barrel and a simple pump. Water was cooled with snow. This is the single thing that makes this whole process fast and efficient.


    The Ingots were cool and ready to be removed from the tray in about 8-10 seconds, than would be stamped with a crude tool(sorry MessyBear) to remind us that they were WW plus 1%tin.

    We were able to produce about 1200 LBS on day one and another 1050 on day two, (if our bars averaged 5lbs, They might be slightly over but we only weighed a dozen or so). One big project in the books that will allow more time for Casting and shooting in the future!

    Any questions would be happily answered by Messy Bear or Myself. Its a lot of work but a fun setup to be around!!
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    Boolit Buddy
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    looks like a serious production!

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    If someone has the ability to post video PM me. I have one that shows the pouring process well.


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    Wow!

    You guys sure don't fool around!
    The strongest reason for the people to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against the tyranny of government.
    -- Thomas Jefferson

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    Awesome write up! I wish I could have been apart of that!
    "In GOD We Trust"

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    That’s impressive

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    Looking at all the snow in the background I should hope the ingots would harden fast ---- wow

    You sure aren't picking that box off the trailer without a forklift

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    Had fork tines for the loader tractor and a skid steer when I got it home.

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    Well done, good pictures
    Thank you
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    and I was wondering why I cant find wheel weights for sale

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    Nice Smeltdown! I thought I smelled something the other day!!

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    Hey guys, looks like a bison was in your hay bales, behind the Magnum with the snowblower.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gewehr-Guy View Post
    Hey guys, looks like a bison was in your hay bales, behind the Magnum with the snowblower.
    Haha looks like one of the bulls photo bombed us. I think there is another photo with a bunch of calves in it. Iíll look


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    more bulls


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    Quote Originally Posted by bmortell View Post
    and I was wondering why I cant find wheel weights for sale
    I wish I could say it was all me!

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    Wow! Quite the operation. Good Job!

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    That is awesome.

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    Good Job! Love the pictures! It looks like it was cold. What was the temp? I like the basket idea for skimming the clips. I just bought a nice skimmer rather than make a basket. 1200+ pounds in a day is quite a day. I've done 1200# a few days and that don't allow much time for fooling around.

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    It was a nice day. Low 40s if I remember correctly. Our hang up was sorting WW. If we had that pre sorted a guy could get two pots done a day easy. That would have made it a 5000# weekend!! That would have sounded better haha.

    Anybody ever use a magnet for sorting?


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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
GC Gas Check