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    Lead splice cases

    I have access to a large amount of lead splice cases. They were used to splice telephone cables together back in the day. Has anyone smelted this stuff down? It's full of a very thick and very sticky fluid. I'm wondering if this stuff will burn off or if it's going to ruin my batch? I tried to google it with no luck


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    Quote Originally Posted by Kbeaton View Post
    I have access to a large amount of lead splice cases. They were used to splice telephone cables together back in the day. Has anyone smelted this stuff down? It's full of a very thick and very sticky fluid. I'm wondering if this stuff will burn off or if it's going to ruin my batch? I tried to google it with no luck


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    When I melt stuff like that down I use a cutting torch outside. At 2000 degrees you'll burn off all the trash pretty easy. Where respirator if it

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    I use my old 10lb pot to clean my lead first. That way my bottom pour stays nice and clean. Plus the smaller pot seems to work a little easier since you're only doing a little at a time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shane P View Post
    When I melt stuff like that down I use a cutting torch outside. At 2000 degrees you'll burn off all the trash pretty easy. Where respirator if it

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    I don't recommend that at all. You want to keep the temperature below lead's boiling point.

    The gunk will typically burn off. I use a propane torch to light the smoke up when I'm smelting. It doesn't smoke nearly as bad when it's on fire.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2wheelDuke View Post
    I don't recommend that at all. You want to keep the temperature below lead's boiling point.

    The gunk will typically burn off. I use a propane torch to light the smoke up when I'm smelting. It doesn't smoke nearly as bad when it's on fire.

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    Yeah Iím not sure about the torch method. Itís a petroleum product. You think that would smoke off? It cleans up with gasoline when you get it on your hands. I just donít want to ruin all this lead.


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    Quote Originally Posted by 2wheelDuke View Post
    I don't recommend that at all. You want to keep the temperature below lead's boiling point.

    The gunk will typically burn off. I use a propane torch to light the smoke up when I'm smelting. It doesn't smoke nearly as bad when it's on fire.

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    My bullets turn out great. Ben doing it for years. Everybody has a technique. That's just my first melt and it's in a strainer so it reaches temp and into the first mold it goes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shane P View Post
    My bullets turn out great. Ben doing it for years. Everybody has a technique. That's just my first melt and it's in a strainer so it reaches temp and into the first mold it goes.

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    Those do look good but did they come from a splice case?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Kbeaton View Post
    Those do look good but did they come from a splice case?


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    No sir wheel weight

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