Question on lead bullets

Discussion in 'The Ammo & Reloading Forum' started by 03fxsti, Jan 14, 2011.

  1. 03fxsti

    03fxsti New Member

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    I have a quantity of 230 grn lrn bullets for .45 acp. These were at my dads place, he can no longer reload due to failing health. I don't know how long these bullets sat in his reloading shed, but it was a long time. They are generally coated with dust, and dirt, and the lube is cruddy and in some cases has fallen out of the groove. My question is, is there a way to rehab these suckers and load them? I'm new to loading lead, in fact I've never loaded for my .45, dad always did it. As far as the dirt, I would think I could just wash the dang things, heck a trip through the dishwasher probably wouldn't hurt them. How do I get them lubed again? I've looked at buying a lubrisizer, but I'd be north of 100 bucks, plus I'll only ever do this once, as I'll take better care of my bullets. I plan to continue to load cast in the future but I'll buy them lubed. Any help would be appreciated.
  2. noylj

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    How many are there? Usually, you would just melt them down and re-cast. Or, you can look for a bullet caster in your area.
    If you just want to shoot them and be done with it, you could dunk them in a can of carburetor cleaner (binary solution) to clean them. You can tumble lube them in Lee Liquid Alox and be done with them. I don't think I would put them in my dishwasher.
    Heck, you could just agitate them in hot soapy water.
  3. bayhawk2

    bayhawk2 New Member

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    Welcome 03fxsti-One thing I'd do is caliberate them.Just to make sure they are
    what they say.I'm sure you'll get a lot more experienced replies than mine,
    but I understand lead alloy gets harder with time.Usually that is a good thing.
    The hardness comes into play when you speak of higher "velocity"loads.
    I'm new to casting bullets and can only speak of what little I know.
    It does seem like you could just soak them in a bucket of soapy water, not in dishwasher,lead poison the family,;),rinse,dry,lube them with Alox,let dry 24 hrs.,load up a couple of light loads and try them out.Good luck to you.Bayhawk
    P.S. you have come to the right place.There are some real experienced helpful
    reloaders in this Forum.
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  4. 03fxsti

    03fxsti New Member

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    The dishwasher thing wasn't serious, I just meant I doubt it would hurt the bullets. I have weighed and measured several of them and they are .452, and weigh 230 grns. What do you mean by calibrate them? Mybe I'll try a few in alox, but I don't want them to be sticky. I wish I knew someone close at hand who casts.
  5. bayhawk2

    bayhawk2 New Member

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    I knew you wer'nt serious about the dishwasher.I was just coming back with
    a crazy thought that entered my mind.The .452 was what I was talking about.They should work fine.I would load a few @ approx. 650-700 FPS and give them a whirl.The liquid Alox is messy and sticky.I mixed some with mineral spirits 50/50.That's the quick way.The only other way out is to pan lube in place of the Alox mix.
    This is what I use.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBDFO0ftCQc
    Hello really helpful experienced reloading guys?
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  6. JLA

    JLA Well-Known Member

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    hot soapy water and a rag. set em out to dry and tumble them around in Lee Liquid alox, then set them out to dry again and load and shoot.
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