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Old August 11, 2008, 01:02 AM   #1
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.457 balls.

does anybody know a good website where i can get the .457 round balls at a reasonable price? and possibly all the other bp goodies i might need.
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Old August 11, 2008, 08:58 AM   #2
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Midwayusa.com sells the Hornady .457 RBs for $11.79/100.
You can cast them from a Lee mould. Get an old cast iron pot, an electric hot plate, a lead dipper (Rowell ladles are the best but Lyman makes a nice one). Make your own. Very simple. I use that size in a large bore airgun.
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Old August 11, 2008, 10:38 AM   #3
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bpstuffllc.com for balls & wads. Best prices if you are buying large quantities.
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Old August 11, 2008, 05:02 PM   #4
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thanks ya'll. i have been thinking about just doing my own. is there a certain kinda lead you have to buy? or can i just bust up old car/tractor batteries?
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Old August 11, 2008, 05:05 PM   #5
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.457 RBs

DO NOT use lead from batteries. Scrounge up some pure lead from a junk dealer or order some (expensive).
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Old August 11, 2008, 11:29 PM   #6
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Moonpie312, go to ebay type in soft lead ingots...I just got 40lbs ($54.xx shipped)a while ago(look for best deal)...get soft lead though specify...can be scratched deep with fingernail. Lee makes aluminum 2 cavity molds about $20. Other than in my Piettas I use .457 balls lee mold, in piettas I use a Lee .451 Mold which come out a perfect .452 ball.

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Old August 12, 2008, 04:30 PM   #7
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thanks guys, and if i may ask, somebody explain exactly why you cant use battery lead?
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Old August 12, 2008, 04:46 PM   #8
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thanks guys, and if i may ask, somebody explain exactly why you cant use battery lead?
Because Lead from auto batteries sin't pure lead any more, it has a lot of trace elements that can be harmful to you & anyone around you that breaths the fumes of these other trace elements like Arcenic just to name a great one.

If you go to the Auto repair shop that does tire work like Pepboys or what not you can see about acquiring their Adhesive Wheel Weights, they are almost pure lead with very little other elements in it making it pretty soft for muzzleloading bullets.
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Old August 12, 2008, 07:21 PM   #9
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how about used wheel weights from tire alignment shops?
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Old August 12, 2008, 08:00 PM   #10
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how about used wheel weights from tire alignment shops?
As was mentioned. The stick on weights are almost pure lead but don't use the clip on weights for muzzleloaders, they're harder and don't shrink as much.
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Old August 12, 2008, 08:06 PM   #11
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Old August 12, 2008, 08:20 PM   #12
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Pure lead has a BHN of 5. Clip on weights are 99.5% pure and have a BHN of 6. Clip on weights are 96.5% pure and have a BHN of 10-12.
I posted this in the reloading forum awhile back but it didn't get much response. It's got a lot of useful casting information in it and links to even more info. http://www.lasc.us/CastBulletAlloy.htm
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Old August 13, 2008, 07:14 AM   #13
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Pure lead has a BHN of 5. Clip on weights are 99.5% pure and have a BHN of 6. Clip on weights are 96.5% pure and have a BHN of 10-12.
I posted this in the reloading forum awhile back but it didn't get much response. It's got a lot of useful casting information in it and links to even more info. http://www.lasc.us/CastBulletAlloy.htm
Just a friendly correction there HH, have another cup of Coffee.

Pure lead has a BHN of 5. Adhesive weights are 98.5% pure and have a BHN of 6. Clip on weights are 96.5% pure and have a BHN of 10-12.

I use the Adhesive Weights pretty much exclusively since I'm almost out of the Plumbers Lead that I've had for years.
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Old August 13, 2008, 10:11 PM   #14
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ahh i completely forgot about wheel weights! thanks for that guys, theres plenty of tire shops around here so i know it wont be hard to get all i ever wanted.
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Just a friendly correction there HH, have another cup of Coffee.
Well DUUUH!!! I guess I needed one.
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