Originally Posted by howlnmad
Just out of curiousity, do you add anything to your lead?
I do.. in a manner of speaking. I recoverd all the lasercast from my shooting berm just the other day. For those who are not familiar with lasercast, they are a brand of commercially cast lead bullets owned by oregon trail bullet co. They are cast excessively hard. from a proprietary blend of lead compatible metals including silver. BHN is pretty darn close to 20 if not a bit harder.
I do most of my casting from clip on wheel weights, however the little stick on wheelweights are dominating the whell balancing market nowadays. The only problem with them is they are nearly pure lead and only lend themselves well to low pressure plinking loads like cowboy action shooters would use.
So heres my method. 50% clip on wheel weights, 40% stick on wheelweights, and 10% lasercast from the shooting berm. yields an alloy with a tested bhn right at 13. perfect for nearly all handgun applications and when fitted with a gascheck will perform well at magnum handgun velocities.
Just one of my ways of not wasting any lead i find.
I do occasionally use battery plates, but as stated, they are very hazardous and can be fatal. I leave them out in the weather for a couple months. Good ol mother nature will neutralize the toxins on the outside of the plates making them safer to cast with. I really like using big truck and tractor batteries, nice big plates of lead in those...