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babbit lead

Discussion in 'Uncategorized Threads' started by jbmOU, Jul 29, 2007.

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  1. jbmOU

    jbmOU Member

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    I have been hearing people on here talk about babbit lead and how bad it is for making shot. How to you Identify it and is there any way to make it suitable for shot making?
     
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    Way too soft. I don't think there is much of it around lately. It's been years since I poured and scraped a bearing. I do have a babbity mallet, though.

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    There's numerous babbit alloys out there. They vary greatly in hardness based on the amount of copper and antimomy. Identifying is difficult it unless it's marked somehow. It doesn't work well in shotmakers because it has a considerable amount of tin and copper in it.






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    This has been covered before. It's usually an unknown alloy and could have some undesirable metals in the mix. You could add a few pounds into the mix when you pour ingots, but I would try it on a small scale first. Maybe about one pound in ten to start.
     
  6. JerryP

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    I have 50lb of babbit I was going to use for cast bullets at one time but never did. It is a known mix of metals if you know what number it is, I think mine is #2. It comes in #1 to at least #4 or more. The trace metals, like copper and iron, will probably be less than 1%. It is mostly lead, tin and antimony which varies according to what number mix it is. It is probably at least 75% lead. If you can get it cheap I would dilute it and use it.
     
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    jbmOU.

    For SAE babbit specs go to :-www.oldengine.org/members/diesel/tables/babbit.htm

    steveB
     
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