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I have never had any problems melting battery clamps. They are just soft lead as near as I can tell. Never melted any battery posts.

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Round Balls are super easy to cast .... and Lee makes molds that are cheap to buy ....   Jabez Cowboy

Springfield Slim, is a little cheaper than that:   http://www.whyteleatherworks.com/BigLube.html

Nope, no, and newwwwwah!   Wrong in 2 ways.   Zinc is not a bullet alloy component.   You are thinking of antimony, the main hardening addition to lead.   Antimony is 6 to 10 times

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Clamps are part of the wiring.  They are usually soft.

 

Battery posts and plates and grids and interconnect bars - all now are Calcium hardened lead since it works better in acid.

 

Folks should not use parts from auto batteries.  Clamps are fine.

 

Good luck, GJ

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10 hours ago, meesterpaul said:

I can get a lot more weight than normal in a small flat rate box

we just need to get this guy an ingot mold the same dimensions as a flat rate shipping box...

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Best lead ingot sizes are those that will fit in a commercial casting furnace, as well shipping well.   "Muffins" fit the RCBS, Lyman and Lee furnaces fine, but any bigger size would not.  An ingot that fills even a small FRB would make the consumer have to cut up the ingot before they can add it to a pot.  And slicing fairly soft lead with a saw is not simple (the teeth gum up).

 

I've seen a couple of lead suppliers who have a rectangular mold to cast 8 ingots that just fit into a small FRB.  That works real well. 

 

good luck, GJ

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Looks like the medium flat rate box measures 11-1/4" x 8-3/4" x 6" and cost $15.05.  Restricted to 70 lb max.  Lead at .406lb/in2 the box would hold 240lb if one solid block (rounded down).  Therefore,  shape wouldn't mater much if restrained to 70 lbs.

 

https://www.stamps.com/usps/priority-mail-flat-rate/

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On 1/9/2021 at 9:24 PM, Jabez Cowboy,SASS # 50129 said:

Round Balls are super easy to cast .... and Lee makes molds that are cheap to buy ....

 

Jabez Cowboy

Lee 4lb pot runs $40.  Lee round ball molds run $20.  Lead goes for free to about $1 per pound.  One lb make about forty-six .45 cal round balls. At $10/100, the break even is 750 balls if you pay $1/lb for lead and 600 balls if lead is free.

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My Nephew Called and asked could I use about 600 pounds of rolled sheet lead that he found in the dumpster on a job site he was working at , I told him YES ... 

He said Good , it's in the truck will see you in a couple days, He and his family were coming for a family get together , this was pre COVID ....

So I didn't even have to help unload it as 4 or 5 young bucks , including two of my sons had it out , before I was finished hugging His family coming in the door ...

So added to my 400 pounds I already had ..... thats a lot of Round Balls ...

I also have several hundred pounds of 1-22 tin , lead alloy, for bullets mostly used for long range in my .40-65  High-wall ...

That is a Great Nephew to have Me thinks !!!

 

Jabez Cowboy 

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Molds made for a Small Flat Rate box. I have a few and they work great.

http://castboolits.gunloads.com/showthread.php?393253-VS-WTS-Redneck-Gold-amp-Cast-Boolits-4-tray-Ingot-molds

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You want some fun use Springfield Slim's .450 lead FPRN bullets in your Old Army.  I can get under 3" at 50 yards with 75 year old eyes using fixed sighted guns.  They shoot better than a conversion cylinder in my guns.

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On 1/16/2021 at 1:48 AM, Springfield Slim SASS #24733 said:

Molds made for a Small Flat Rate box. I have a few and they work great.

http://castboolits.gunloads.com/showthread.php?393253-VS-WTS-Redneck-Gold-amp-Cast-Boolits-4-tray-Ingot-molds

Great molds! I have an awful lot of lead to process - including a couple thousand pounds of linotype muffins. I made molds using iron C-channel to deal with the volume but those are fun.

 

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