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Thread: Zinc Wheelweights

  1. #241
    Boolit Buddy
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    I found some really odd ones that I had never seen before in this last batch. They were all plastic! At first I thought they were lead with a thick plastic coating to protect the wheel. But when I sawed all the way through one, I found it was ALL plastic. Some sort of a composite I suppose... plastic mixed with steel dust perhaps.

    Vettepilot
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  2. #242
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    Would cast zinc boolits be hard enough to damage a gun bore?? I am thinking/fearing that sooner or later we are going to have to find a cost friendly sub for lead...

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  3. #243
    Those new plastic ones, plastic coated, and zinc made up about 30% by volume of the last 5 gallon bucket of WW that I picked up. They can make a mess real quick if you miss one like I did.

  4. #244
    Boolit Bub
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    If you’re only getting 30% zinc and plastic you’re doing better than most. At my shop I’m lucky if 10% of the bucket is lead.

  5. #245
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vettepilot View Post
    Would cast zinc boolits be hard enough to damage a gun bore?? I am thinking/fearing that sooner or later we are going to have to find a cost friendly sub for lead...

    Vettepilot
    I remember MANY(!) years ago an article re: making bullets from zinc. I was so young... I remember super high velocity due to the light weight and that they were hard, but I don't remember anything said about bore damage. Steel bullet jackets are used and I doubt that the zinc is harder than soft steel.

    I wonder how difficult they'd be to push through a sizer? Would they need lube or coating?

  6. #246
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    There are several videos on youtube about guys making and shooting zinc bullets. Elvis Ammo, Eagle Eye Shooting and some dude called Willie the bullet man.
    Boolits !!!!! Does that mean what I think it do? It do!

  7. #247
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    Yeah, I've seen their videos. I doubt if anyone has enough rounds down range to know about bore wear. (Maybe the government.)

    From what I've read, steel jacketed ammo does cut barrel life, approximately in half. I've chosen personally not to use it.

    Vettepilot
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  8. #248
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    Great!
    Zinc bullets mixed in with lead bullets at the range where people "mine" for lead.
    Just what casters love.....zinc mixed in with their lead.....NOT!
    Grr-rrr.
    1A - 2A = -1A

  9. #249
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    Yeah, I've had that thought too. When melting down scrap to make ingots, I keep a thermometer going in the pot. Don't let the temp get above about 650/675f. This has saved me grief a couple of times...

    Vettepilot
    "Those who sacrifice freedom for security, have neither."
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