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Thread: Permanently Marking Ingots ----------- Again

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    Boolit Master


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    I don't use the muffin tin ingots anymore either. I converted all of mine to angle iron or lee/Lyman ingots. Easier to use.

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    I still prefer diff molds for diff alloys. Its just easier for me.
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    If you're making angle iron moulds, make moulds of different lengths for different alloys. Or use your welder to write the alloy on the inside. Or use stamps for the same effect.
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    I label the pails

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    Quote Originally Posted by bruce381 View Post
    I label the pails
    Makes too much sense, it will never catch on.

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    I use the Redneck Gold molds that allow you to strike (or strike out) the appropriate composition.


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    I feel inadequate after reading this thread—I just use a sharpie.

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    I have eight of Lakehouse's Cast Boolit molds, but I've got too much lead in too many varieties to do anything with most of it but cast big ten # storage ingots that get marked with the source and sometimes content. Then I make casting alloy with the CB molds, 120 ingots or so at a time. The content [95-3-2] gets stamped on each (no matching pre marked category except other, which the numbers cover better).

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    I just use a center punch and no marking = COWW, 1 strike = SOWW, 3 dots right next to eachother = Lino.
    Probably the most efficient and effective way. Marking boxes and pails is okay IF every ingot gets put back in the right place.

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    Black Sharpie here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bowfin View Post
    Okay, I would go way, WAY simple. Pure Lead would be "P". Wheelweights would be "W". I leave linotype in it identifiable form or I would mark it with an "L". Being a former software writer when every character carried a performance or storage hit, never use two characters when one will do the same job. It is only three or four characters one would have to commit to memory.
    LoL! Coming from a "mainframe" machine with a 3.8K main memory and incoming mortar fire, I can sympathize. A single numeric stamp generally works for me, then I maintain an index in my "loads" spreadsheet (with LibreOffice on a 32GB nanosec-DRAM, 20GzH, 8-CPU, multi-threaded Linux box) on the "alloys" page that lists the components, BHN, and some speed spec's. E.g.:
    LinoBall
    Pb 85.50%
    Sn 3.30%
    Sb 9.04%
    Ag.2.00%
    Cu 0.16%
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    Alloy Number 4
    LinoBall
    Stamp 8
    Air Aged BHN 19.8
    $19.52

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    Uncle Sam gives away small flat rate boxes for free. I just pack them up and label the box. I figure once I'm gone my family can sell them and they are already ready to ship. Win win

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    I’ve got way too much to store that way, but for smaller quantities of special alloys, in ingots of the right size, that sounds eminently well suited.

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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
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