What is the oddest lead item you've made ammunition from?

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    Battery lead. Burned, then boiled the plates in bi carb water then melted.
     
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    Melting the lead off the bulk of the nails is my intent, I only pulled the lead off some to see how it mixed in the pot. I figure the nails will be like wheel weights with a little more waste (more steel than lead). I was just being silly before ;), I would have been disappointed if someone didn't call me out on it! :thumb:
     
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    Lead pipe from a Nevada brothel at Steamboat Hot Springs....
    They didn't pay for some renovation work so our contractor boss told us to take what we wanted....
    One of the guys took a rotating hotdog cooker & beer keg tap.
    I wanted the pure lead for roundballs, even 50-some years ago :)

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    Yeah, did the same only we used a gas burner, and a .58 LEE minie-ball mold
    Also got a hold of a pair of 1 lb. lead, therapy weights, used by a chiropractor's office for traction.
    Mined the hill below a skeet/trap range once. The shot was too small and we ended up with too much slag on top of the melted lead before we had good stuff for casting. Probably saved us since we didn't continue. ;)
    My buddy Phil and one of his cohorts got hold of a sheet of lead from an x-ray booth shield once. Made some more .58's. I could never get a straight answer from Phil's buddy if the lead shield was "up for grabs" or whether he swiped it from a construction site. :confused:

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    Nothin' really unusual, just scuba weights, lead roofing, wheel weights, vent stacks, lead pipes, x-ray film backing, and fishing weights.
     
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    Really not sure what the first batch was. Found an "ingot" of lead where a large trash pile was burned. Slab of something with lead in it. Probably old tractor batteries.
     
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    Some years back, I took all the lead scraps I've found with metal detectors around Civil War campsites and battle sites, melted them down and cast them into ingots for later use in my originial Civil War pistol bullet molds and in the .58 caliber Lee Minie` bullet mold that I got for my 1863 SN&WTC contract musket. Kinda cool, shooting original Civil War guns with bullets made from recovered Civil War vintage lead!
     
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    I guess the 'strangest' lead I've used for bullet casting is the lead I got a while back while visiting the local scrap yard in search of wheel weight lead. Instead,the owner showed me some lead sheathing from old X-ray machines they had recently taken in as scrap and dismantled, and I bought all he had. It's all cast into ingots now and added to my lead stockpile.
     
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    I pulled a bunch of 22 long rifle bullets from dud rounds and then loaded 10 of them at a time into a sea service smooth bore pistol and just fired them off that way.
     
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    Any idea what this is? Weight seems right for lead, seems a bit hard to the nail test, but I do trust that test.
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    It hasn't been turned into roundballs yet. Just found it in the process of cleaning out grandma's house. Would like to be more sure it's pure lead.


    I did acquire more old dive weights today.
     
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    I got a bunch of the backs of the films from dental xrays. The dentist had to pay someone to haul off the hazardest waste, so was happy to give it away. Thin foil though.....takes fifty twenty billion crap loads of them to fill the pot. Kind of like cooking spinich. Takes a bunch to melt into a little. Also a little strange thinking they all had been in someones mouth!!
     
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    Use a quality lead hardness tester on it. If it is 5.5 or less BH, then it is pure lead or very close to pure.
    http://www.castingstuff.com/cabinetree_llc___lead_testers.htm
     
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    I once received a cushion filled with lead balls used as a ballast in a glider... When they got some glider pilot like a teenager or so of which they knew he was not heavy enough, they placed that cushion on the seat to ad some ballast ... They liked those gliders back on the ground before the weekend was over I guess ....:dunno:
     
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    Lead weights from the bottom of a cast net...……...
     
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    Thanks. Was hoping the letter E would tip someone smarter than me off to if it is or is not lead. I can't spend $120 on a tester for one chunk of materiel.
     
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    ROTFLMAO!!!!!! I feel your pain, I had one like that as well. Of course I was the foolish one who allowed her to fool me completely, before we were married.

    Gus
     
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    Are you familar with the lead pencil hardness test that has a link in this post? --->>> https://www.muzzleloadingforum.com/threads/shot-my-gpr-again.87958/#post-1116244



     
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