Melting lead

Discussion in 'The Ammo & Reloading Forum' started by TheGunClinger, Feb 27, 2011.

  1. TheGunClinger

    TheGunClinger Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Aug 3, 2008
    SW Florida, land of NO snow!
    This afternoon I got bored laying by the pool so I decided to do something about my lot in life. It only got to 80 degrees today, not quite warm enough to swim in the pool but perfect for warming things up around here by melting some lead just in case I might actually need to cast my own bullets. So, I got the pot all heated up and added a bunch of lead sinkers, tarpon jigs, and a bunch of other misc. lead including wheel weights that I have come across. After meltng a load of lead I was skimming the slag off when I noticed that a wheel weight was floating high and dry.WTH? I have always thought that weight meant weight??? As I didnt have a Bessemer furnace I just put that wheel weight in my slag pile. Didnt wheel weights used to be made of lead?

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  2. retired grunt

    retired grunt New Member

    Mar 30, 2009
    Northern NY
    Now that the PC crowd has failed with everything else your wheel weights will be lead free in NY at least. Zinc I believe

  3. RustyFN

    RustyFN Member

    Oct 2, 2008
    West Virginia
    The floater is either zinc or steel. Just scoop it off and get rid of it.
  4. JLA

    JLA Well-Known Member

    Feb 26, 2007
    Heart Of Texas
    keep your temps below 700 so the zinc wont melt and you be OK
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