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Thread: Whatís the best way to clean recovered range lead?

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    Boolit Master BCRider's Avatar
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    My club has an indoor range with sand collectors below angled armor steel baffles. I snagged a sample of it one day and separated the lumps from the sand and lead dust. Obviously due to striking the steel baffles first there was a lot of lead dust. For giggles I melted the sand and lead dust mix. I got roughly 1/2 of the original weight back in the ingot and a half I got from this sandy portion. But it really was a bit of a pain and a lot of the lead did come back out in the scooped away sand. If I tried this again I think I'd swish it in a basin, let it settle then scoop off about the top 2/3's of the sand that would be on top of the mostly lead dust and smaller lumps. Of course I'd need to let it dry first too. Still a lot of work though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BCRider View Post
    My club has an indoor range with sand collectors below angled armor steel baffles. I snagged a sample of it one day and separated the lumps from the sand and lead dust. Obviously due to striking the steel baffles first there was a lot of lead dust. For giggles I melted the sand and lead dust mix. I got roughly 1/2 of the original weight back in the ingot and a half I got from this sandy portion. But it really was a bit of a pain and a lot of the lead did come back out in the scooped away sand. If I tried this again I think I'd swish it in a basin, let it settle then scoop off about the top 2/3's of the sand that would be on top of the mostly lead dust and smaller lumps. Of course I'd need to let it dry first too. Still a lot of work though.
    You really don't have to let it dry as long as you put it in a cold pot before you light the burner. The moisture will cook out before the lead melts. But you are right, never add it to a pot holding molten lead.

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