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Old July 24, 2011, 10:21 PM   #1
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Melting down cast bullets

I'm planning on casting my own in the near future and had a question about melting down some cast bullets that I have. These bullets do not feed properly (they're 115 grn flat point). Since I can't use them I figure I could just use them to cast new bullets. These have a blue lubricant on them and the question is do I need to scrape the lube off before melting them down? Or will all of the lube collect together in the furnace where I can scoop it out.


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Old July 24, 2011, 10:45 PM   #2
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Don't worry about the lube, melt them and don't worry about the smoke. They are likely a hard alloy so blend accordingly.
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Old July 24, 2011, 10:47 PM   #3
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The lube will be a good flux. When the melt starts to smoke throw a lit match in it to ignite it; otherwise you might get a big surprise when it ignites on it's own. Sounds like you need to do more reading on casting. Here is 1 good place to start.

http://www.lasc.us/CastBulletNotes.htm. Gunloads.com is another. There is also a sub forum above this one for casting. Good Luck and enjoy the addiction. You will have a lot more questions as you continue the hobby.
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Old July 24, 2011, 11:05 PM   #4
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I size with a heated Lyman tool and use Blue Angel lube. All of my culls go directly back into the pot, lube and all. As azjohn mentioned, the lube is just additional flux.
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Old July 24, 2011, 11:09 PM   #5
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Thanks TXGunNut & azjohn.
I am fairly new to casting. I do know about alloys and BHN but never melted down anything and used my mold yet. I'll probably have more questions as things come up or as things happen. Thanks again.

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Old July 24, 2011, 11:18 PM   #6
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The hotter your melt is, the more caution you want to give it. Don't put in too many at once if you're running very hot. I got a small WHOOM like that once.
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Old July 25, 2011, 11:48 AM   #7
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The lube is some sort of wax. It'll melt along with the lead, then smoke, then self ignite with a WOOF! As said above, it will work in your favor to help flux the melted lead,(flux is a term used to describe a purification process used to clean the lead and return some oxides to a metallic state). Best thing to do is wait for it to start to smoke, then ignite the smoke, it'll make for a lot less smoke. Stir the lead with something to mix the lube/flux with the lead. When it's done burning and smoking, skim the dross, (the crap that's floating on the shiny surface).
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