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  1. reloader762

    Picture a day thread!

    Thanks Gary for pointing out the zinc poisoning possibility. For bullet casting zinc is a no no as it basically turns your lead based alloy into oatmeal if it gets melted in with the lead while melting it into ingots,thats to be avoided at all cost for making bullets,but you can get away with it for casting old large sinkers. I cull all those zinc weights out as much as possible when sorting my wheel weights and keep my melting pot temps under 700 degrees so they just float to the top like the steel clips if I miss any,skim them off and put them in the scrap bucket like I have in the pic I posted. I also remember back in the day when I used to help my dad weld lots of galvanized angle iron he always did that outdoors and kept a fan going to blow the smoke away as he said that was some bad stuff to breath. Never did ask him how he knew that just took him at his word.
  2. reloader762

    Picture a day thread!

    Thomas I totally agree,I have no problem with common sense firearm laws. Although here in the states it is a God given right a great responsibility go along with that right. Although casting is a hobby honestly it's a necessity as well as I product all my own bullets for all my target,hunting and general purpose shooting needs. I've been through several ammo and reloading component shortages throughout the years but thanks to me planning ahead and producing my own ammo for all my handguns and rifles it never really had much of an affect on me. Casting is both a art and science, once you understand how they work compared to jacketed bullets it's fairly easy to tailor ammo that shoots best in a particular firearm that in many cases preforms equally as well as the more expensive jacket bullet at a much cheaper coat per rd.
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    Picture a day thread!

    Rick,from my years of melting an casting from various sources of lead or lead based alloy I have never once felt any ill effects from doing so. About the only real no no is to stay away for lead that is or was used in car batteries as when heated it can give off a couple very toxic gases some which are odorless which even in small amounts can be deadly or make you very sick.
  4. reloader762

    Picture a day thread!

    As far as bullet casting goes there can be but you would really have to practice very poor hygiene and handling of lead to give yourself lead poisoning. There are two main way to get lead poisoning by breathing lead dust or ingesting it through your mouth both ways require the lead to be in very small particles as to get into the bloodstream and in general this would be in the form of lead oxide that forms on the lead when it corrodes this is what can gets on your hand or in the air an be breathed in but in most cases lead that is stored properly in a cool dry environment takes a long time to form any corrosion. Lead also boils at 3100+ degrees F. the best you can do with a home casting pot is around 1000 F. but most bullets are cast in the range of 650 to 800 degrees so the possibility of getting lead poisoning from the molten lead fumes itself is rare to none. I have bullets I cast ten years ago that are just as shiny as the day I cast them. Being in the printing business an bullet casting for nearly 40 years I've had plenty of time to get lead poisoning if simply handling or being around lead or lead based alloy was an issue. As I stated proper hygiene regardless of if the lead is suspect or not is important. I ware disposable or work gloves when handling lead and wash my hand after each casting/reloading secession,one should also not eat ,drink or smoke while handling lead. There is a simple blood test that can be added to your regular checkup to check for the blood lead levels but to date mine are as normal as any person that has never casted or handled lead or exposed to lead on the job. A person is more likely to get lead poisoning from shooting in a poorly vented indoor range due to the presents of lead in the primer compound of loaded rds. than a bullet caster that uses common sense when handling lead.
  5. reloader762

    Ammo philosophy

    Nice rifle there Aquinas,my brother has a 50 cal. Hawken he built from a kit that is similar. I love shooting that rifle with 350+ gr. Maxi balls.
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    Fatwood or Lighter is pretty plentiful up here in NC,I keep a few stick in all my fire kits,it's just hard to beat as a fire starter.
  7. reloader762

    Ammo philosophy

    astroguy321 I've been a handloader / bullet caster for over 40 years. It's been a life long hobby as well as a assurance that I will not have to worry about ammo for any of my rifles,handguns or shotguns regardless of market forces or which way the political winds blow. I've seen many a shortage of both ammo as well as reloading components of all types over the years but none of them have had any affect on when,what or how much I shoot. Keeping a good supply or components to reload all my various calibers is a way to stay ahead of the curve as nothing for the most part ever gets cheaper and it's just part of my preps as well. As to my reloading setup I have nothing fancy,I still use the same old Lyman Orange Crusher press,Lyman D-7 scales and case trimmer I bought back in my late teens. I've added a few different pieces of powder handling equipment and small tools along the way. About my only major expense these days is when I add a new bullet mold about once a year from NOE or Accurate but the majority of my bullet molds are Lee of which I have 14 of those,2 old Lyman/Ideal an one Accurate mold I had cut special for my Mosin rifles and 3 NOE molds for 9mm,38/357 and 7.62 x 39. Although a couple of my molds are caliber and gun specific many of them can be used in multiple caliber rifles or handguns it just depends on what dia. I size the bullet to. Most all my cast bullets are basically free except the ones I use a gas check on which cost me about 3 cent each. I gathered all the different alloy and pure lead I use for casting free for asking most of it years ago but it's much harder to find nowadays but I have enough ingots of various alloys to last me a long time,plus I mine my shooting berm about once a year and recover a good portion of the bullets fired into it as well as those fellow shooters leave behind melt them down and use them again. I pretty much shoot around nine cast lead bullets to every one jacketed bullet I fire. Some of my firearms have never had a jacketed bullet fired in them if I acquired them new. I pretty much use handloaded ammo for all my general purpose target shooting and hunting but I keep a few hundred rds. of factory SD ammo for my handguns and steel case ammo for my 7.62 x 39.54r an 9 x 18 Makarov in my rainy day stash although I reload for them as well.
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    Picture a day thread!

    Melting down some range scrap and wheel weights for bullet casting. Made enough ingots to cast about 8K 158 gr. bullets.
  9. Growing up in rural NC my family as well as the small cross roads community I lived in were preppers,we didn't know it at the time because it was the normal way of life. Pretty much everything you used on a daily basis your either gathered, grew or raised it or hunted to put food on the table. We only made the occasional trip to the nearest town to get things we couldn't make or provide for own our own. Things such as indoor plumbing,bathrooms as well as common use of electricity were pretty much non existent. Water was drawn from the well,stove wood was cut to cook meals with and firewood had to be stockpiled for the winter months we also had no phone or TV till I was in my early teens. I could go on but you get the drift,most people these day would probably think of that as a SHTF type scenario but it was just everyday life for me at the time. I'm glad I experience that as it's taught me how to be as self sufficient as I can and appreciated all that I have.
  10. reloader762

    Hello from NC

    Just wanted to drop in an say Hi for rural NC. Other than just trying to keep my head above water I do my best to be prepared as much as possible for whatever happen natural or man made.