Originally Posted by Alpo
People say I am too hung up on "semantics". But there are many people out there, that when they want to cast some bullets, they "smelt" the lead. And once it is "smelted", they cast some "bullet heads".
Both terms are wrong, and when folks use 'em around me I will correct 'em. Just like when they say squib, when they mean dud.
So why do you think your right and everyone else is wrong? The Military refers to a round that doesnt clear the barrel as a squib. My fathers dictionary from the 1940's refers to that as one of the definitions of a squib(so its definately not just in the last few years). Most of the industry refers to it as a squib. So everyone else is wrong but youre right, because you say so? Where does your definition come from?
For what its worth smelting is a step in casting bullets. Many people use used lead. Fluxing the impurities out is a step in the smelting process(Roasting and Reduction are others). While most of the steps in the smelting process have already been done, removing impurities using flux is absolutely considered smelting.