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mystery lead may not be a mystery now

Post by corey on Wed Dec 05, 2012 7:49 pm

I got this hunk of lead at an auction. had no idea what the alloy is.



I smelted down and casted some up. I did something I rarely do, I got the mold too hot. if it was an alloyed lead it would be some type of frosting. the lead was also really hot. could not find my thermometer so I could not test the leads temp.

took two mins to cool the spur.

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Post by corey on Thu Dec 06, 2012 1:21 pm

all the test I am able to do. high tin alloy. most likely pewter.
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Post by Reinz on Sat Jan 05, 2013 11:03 pm

Corey, if you want to send me one bullet, I will do a hardness test for you and give you the BHN. This might give us an idea of tin/antimony content.
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Post by corey on Sun Jan 06, 2013 2:33 am

already melted them back down and are in ingots. temped the melt just around the 500degree.
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Post by Reinz on Sun Jan 06, 2013 5:20 pm

Offer still stands when you cast, if you are interested.
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Post by corey on Sun Jan 06, 2013 8:54 pm

one of these days ll get a hardness tester.

may take you up on that.
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Post by corey on Wed Jan 30, 2013 10:30 pm

I bought a lee hardness tester, tested one of the ingots (it works if you play with it a little). bhn of 33. lino is at 30. what is harder?
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