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Metal ID please

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by TALLEND, Jul 26, 2011.

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  1. TALLEND

    TALLEND Member

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    I was gifted some "plumbers lead",and some unknown metal that is similar to lead--as lead agaes it gets dark---this stuff is shiney

    They are 4,(2"x2")ingot barsconnected----straight line on top,and bottom of the name FRY

    on the back is a code 20SN 1SB5680-----------other end-----M 4525 001



    Thanks for any help


    Will try to get a BHT soon >>>>>>> added----- BHT =13

    thanks,Tom
     
  2. slowdp

    slowdp TS Member

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    could the shiny stuff be line-o-type? If so it will make great bullets. I don't know about shot but line-o-type is hard.
     
  3. badminton

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    Sounds like solder ingots. Fry was a solder company.
     
  4. HSLDS

    HSLDS Well-Known Member

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    Try calling Roger Burris at "Better Bullets" (610-491-9901).

    He's forgotten more about lead and it's alloys than we will ever know...
     
  5. AveragEd

    AveragEd Well-Known Member

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    I'll agree with the Linotype theory. Back in the 1970s, I bought 26-pound ingots of used Linotype from a small printing company and it was very shiny compared to used wheel weights.

    If that's what it is, do not cast bullets with it "full-strength." They will have a frosted appearance and will be of varying diameters - getting a good casting with it is tough and the bullets will be much harder than necessary as well as lighter than desired. Adding no more than 25% Linotype to wheel weights after skimming the dirt and steel clips from the melted weights from the pot will give you nice, hard well-cast bullets. If I recall correctly, most casters like to use a 10% Linotype, 90% wheel weight mixture.

    Ed
     
  6. over the hill

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    Years ago I ran across what I thought was lead only to find out it was called Woods Metal (spelling?).

    I guess it was or is used for pattern making. Half the weight of lead and melts at a low temp.



    Regards....Gerald
     
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