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    Will bullet lube melt / burn off if you put in a melting pot?

    I got what was supposed to be some "copper plated" bullets in a trade. I didn't inspect them before the trade, but when I got home I discovered they weren't copper plated. They were "copperized" - which looks more like a copper wash than anything. I decided to part with them, but have received quite a few PM's and responses to the effect of "Ugliest bullet I've ever seen". Slightly annoying, but also just as amusing, because I think they are pretty dang ugly too. Ha!

    Anyway, I was considering just melting them down and trying to re-pour them into something more useful to me - like maybe a ton of 9mm, .357, or maybe even some shotgun slugs. But I don't know whether the bullet lube would melt off / burn off, or just cause a huge mess in the melting pot. I'm also not sure how these would melt either, as I've never dealt with "copperized" lead.

    Any insight into this would be appreciated. I did some searches on the site, and found plenty of reference to these NBC (National Bullet Company) bullets, but most of it was about shooting them, vice remelting them into something else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cajuntec View Post
    I got what was supposed to be some "copper plated" bullets in a trade. I didn't inspect them before the trade, but when I got home I discovered they weren't copper plated. They were "copperized" - which looks more like a copper wash than anything. I decided to part with them, but have received quite a few PM's and responses to the effect of "Ugliest bullet I've ever seen". Slightly annoying, but also just as amusing, because I think they are pretty dang ugly too. Ha!

    Anyway, I was considering just melting them down and trying to re-pour them into something more useful to me - like maybe a ton of 9mm, .357, or maybe even some shotgun slugs. But I don't know whether the bullet lube would melt off / burn off, or just cause a huge mess in the melting pot. I'm also not sure how these would melt either, as I've never dealt with "copperized" lead.

    Any insight into this would be appreciated. I did some searches on the site, and found plenty of reference to these NBC (National Bullet Company) bullets, but most of it was about shooting them, vice remelting them into something else.

    All the best,
    Glenn
    dunno if this helps but I got hold of some "copperised" lead sheeting - said that on the label attached and you could see the sheen on it - I fluxed it extra in the pot and it casted fine -----only way is to is try a handful - see what happens I guess.

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    I think National Bullet Co has been gone for 20 years or more. I still have a few cast bullet from them. Years ago I think towards the end they offered some copper washed cast bullets. I’ve never tried any but seem to remember that the guys that did try them had pretty good results. This was probably pre HyTek or PC bullet time. Think they were made in Ohio somewhere and the owner passed away. Might try some other forums for old info.
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    I'd shoot them, but in answer to your question, the lube will melt right off and help flux the melt.
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    Would not have a problem melting them in a pot. The lube will melt off,might smoke some, and the impurities will float to the top.

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    I'd shoot 'em.
    Melting and re-casting them is just making extra work for yourself.
    There's probably plenty of other people more than willing, or would be glad to do that for you.


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    If the bullets are totally encapsulated with copper plating, I would cut each bullet in half so the lead has a way out of the copper skin.

    The lube will melt off and smoke a lot, throw in a match to burn off the smoke.

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    Before melting try buffing them out a little. I experimented with plating a few years back and some of the bullets came out looking similar to those. If they don't buff out throw them in the melting pot. Another alternative is to tumble lube the whole bullet and shoot them.
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    I'd shoot them if I had a gun they fit in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Winger Ed. View Post
    I'd shoot 'em.
    Melting and re-casting them is just making extra work for yourself.
    There's probably plenty of other people more than willing, or would be glad to do that for you.


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    This is the perfect reason why you need to buy a gun that will.

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