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Thread: Almost smelting season in the northeast

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    Boolit Master
    Join Date
    Oct 2010

    Almost smelting season in the northeast

    My lead stock is covered with snow, but those spring days aren't far off. I'm looking forward to firing up the burner in a month or so and make a dent in some of those wheel weights. Anyone else got a session coming?

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    Boolit Master

    Join Date
    Feb 2018
    Yesterday I had 45* and sunshine. I casted twenty pounds of 400gns for my 45/70.

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    Boolit Master
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    Sep 2016
    I have to get to it too. Here on the Left Coast it's warmer, but we're just getting past the rainy season, and of course I process outdoors. True that rain on top of the melt isn't a concern, but rain in the ingot molds certainly is.

    Cooler is more comfortable for me, but I find I need wind breaks and more BTU's to keep things running smoothly. My pot, ladles and ingot molds like to run hot.

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    Boolit Master

    Winger Ed.'s Avatar
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    May 2007
    Just outside Gun Barrel City, Texas
    It's almost 80 and clear here today.

    If I needed to melt Lead, it's good weather for it,
    but I've been cleaning up the boat and running it some to limber it up for next week.
    It wasn't playing the blame game, finding fault, and complaining about every little thing that made America great.
    It was God, guns, and guts.

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    Boolit Buddy dpoe001's Avatar
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    Nov 2013
    My goal is to get a 20 gal drum of range scrap melted down in the next couple of weeks.

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    Boolit Buddy Bantou's Avatar
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    Jan 2020

    My haul from Friday. The high was 45 degrees which is perfect for me when Iím standing over a propane burner and hot pot of metal all day.

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    Happiness is a warm .45

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    Boolit Buddy Tazlaw's Avatar
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    Dec 2019
    Conway, AR
    I collected about 175lbs of range lead today. May smelt it tomorrow. In Arkansas we have a 50/50 chance of rain. Either it will or it wonít!
    Doesnít matter what the weatherman says. Lol.
    Just knowing enough to do it, is not enough to do it right! -Taz

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    Boolit Grand Master

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    Oct 2009
    Me and a couple of members Biggin and Tazlaw smelted lead a week ago. We watched the weather but one day was cold enough to be a little uncomfortable. We spent parts of 2 days in the shop and melted our collections from last year. We had about 1200 ingots at the end. I should post some pictures but I struggle with the whole picture thing.

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    Boolit Buddy Cast_outlaw's Avatar
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    Oct 2018
    B.C. Canada
    Yep it’s here where I liVe if you got cover
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    Smelting setup and what I have left with 850 in COWW and 357 of soft
    Did 200lb COWW today and 35 soft

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    Boolit Buddy
    Join Date
    Jul 2016
    I smelted down the last of my friend’s private range lead on Saturday. He moved to New Mexico so going forward, I have to start buying all my lead. Very sad...

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BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
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