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Shotmaking --Fluxing with Bees Wax

Discussion in 'Uncategorized Threads' started by Doug Mc, Jun 18, 2007.

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  1. Doug Mc

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    About how much Bees Wax is needed when Fluxing ? -- and in what Stores can you find the Wax ? -- Thanks Doug
     
  2. Gargoyle!

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    I have a large cat iron pot. I use a 1"x 1" square piece of wax.
     
  3. alfermann66

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    Hobby Lobby.

    Buz
     
  4. alfermann66

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    Parafin works too. So does sawdust, but must be untreated to avoid noxious fumes. White pine is preferable

    Buz
     
  5. Bob Merkov

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    Guy's, I'm thinking about getting into making my own shot. What is the need for Bee's Wax? Anything else you can tell me about making my own shot would be greatly appreciated.

    Bob M.
     
  6. Gargoyle!

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    If you can't find bee's wax just use canning wax. You can find it in any grocery store or feed and seed store.
     
  7. alfermann66

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    Bob, the beeswax/parafin/canning was/sawdust is the final cleaning step to get the impurities out of your lead alloy. Heat the lead just hot enough to melt it, stir it and allow dross to rise to the top and skim it off. Keep repeating that process until it looks pretty clean then put in the agent, stir and skim again. Getting the lead really clean will save you a lot of grief.

    Buz
     
  8. plinker61

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    i like to use frankford arsenal's clean cast,flux compound,available at midwayusa.com,always does a good job for me weather im making shot or casting bullets,mark
     
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    A flux will assist the different metals in "lead" to fuse together. One way a flux will work it to melt and produce a gas heavier than air that will form a thin layer over the metal and prevent oxygen from getting into the molten liquid.

    Pat Ireland
     
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    I used to flux occasionally with bees wax but couldn't really see any difference if I used it or not. So I gave up using flux for shot making entirely and things work fine. I do skim off the dirt and dross on the surface. I think flux is more important for casting bullets where you are trying to fill a mold perfectly.

    Phil
     
  11. Lkn4rocks

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    Pat Ireland is correct in that the flux will assist the different metals in lead to fuse together.

    I prefer Crisco Shorting as a flux to drive the Tin back into the lead, stirring it into the hot lead, it will help remove the trash and keep most of the Tin from being skimmed off the surface.
     
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    have not heard of the Crisco will have to try that one rick
     
  13. sum-rifle

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    I thought I was fluxing properly but maybe not. I have used candle wax and crayons as well as sawdust. It always flames. I stir and then skim the stuff off the top.

    I guess I should lower the temp and try to get it to not flame up.

    Thanks
     
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