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Thread: How to harden straight lead???/

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    Boolit Master rmcc's Avatar
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    Aug 2010
    Central Iowa

    How to harden straight lead???/

    Hi ALL,

    Am new here and new to casting. Have been a dedicated reloader since 1982. Always shot jacketed bullets, until now they have priced me out of them. Borrowed some casting equipment from a friend and am now HOOKED!! Haven't had this much fun and satisfaction in my reloading for a long time. I melted down some # 2 shot and made ingots. How much and what to use to harden this lead.

    Thanks, looking forward to hearing from any and all.


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    Boolit Master
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Need more info please. Did you use magnum shot? Also what boolits do you plan to cast and what are you expected velocities? Guns you load. More detail will get you more detail in return.

    Please go here, and read. Lots of ohs and ahs contained in those pages.
    Last edited by jsizemore; 08-23-2010 at 11:23 PM.

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    Boolit Master
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Benson, NC

    The shot will be more than hard enough all by itself for most applications. It would help if we knew what your intended end use is. I personally would add 1% to 2% Sn to to improve fill out and soften it up by mixing in some pure lead (2 parts Pb to 1 part shot as an initial guesstimate) for general pistol loads. For rifle, I might go 1:1 to start with. Another factor is the type of shot - magnum or chilled. For chilled I'd use a little more that what I listed above. Then too, what you have available will probably dictate what you want to mix up...wheel weights, pipe or flashing...etc. So, come back with what you want to do with it, what you have available and you'll get better answers.

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    Boolit Master
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    Jan 2007
    Benson, NC
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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