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Old November 28, 2011, 10:25 AM   #1
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A printer gave me all of his remaining linotype...

Kind of disappointing...

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Old November 28, 2011, 11:29 AM   #2
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Now that is just funny!

Hey, look on the bright side. SOME lino is better than NO lino!

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Old November 28, 2011, 04:28 PM   #3
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What is it used for?

Ive never heard of it
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Old November 28, 2011, 04:57 PM   #4
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It is a very hard lead alloy, diluted with softer lead it is used to make hard cast bullets.
When we shut down out type & went digital I was given over 6,000Lbs of the stuff to move as everybody was unloading their hot press type.
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Old November 28, 2011, 07:29 PM   #5
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Sad but True

We scrounge when we can !!!!

I cast some bullets for a fellow shooter & he paid me with 15# linotype
& he furnished the lead to cast with !!
I told em to let me know when he needed more
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Old November 29, 2011, 01:58 PM   #6
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I bought some way back when, and it was amazingly hard.

There was another kind of lead that was used to cast full sheets of type, although I can't find it online in any references. Type was punched into heavy fiberboard. Molten alloy was injected into a mold that was faced with this punched sheet. the result was a round printing press plate.

This wasn't linotype metal, it was softer and brittle. Any type metal that you find that's in full sheets should be taken with a grain of salt.
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