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Old 09-26-2008, 12:47 PM
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Reusing fired fmj bullets?


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Hey guys I am getting all the materials to start casting using mostly lee stuff. I collected a bunch of wheel weights and a friend mentioned that he has stumbled across a bunch of fired full metal jacket bullets. I wonder if I could melt these down or is it too troublesome to separate the copper and lead. He knows a gunsmith that shoots alot of pistols into some sort of trap and is willing to give it away. What are your thoughts? I did a search and did not find anything. Thanks in advance.
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Old 09-26-2008, 01:59 PM
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I would be cautious about heating raufus, tracer or incindiary bullets. Other than that, it could be profitable if you sell the jackets after you extract the lead.

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Old 09-26-2008, 05:09 PM
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The jackets will simply float to the top and can be skimmed off. Make sure that you are only melting fired bullets, and not any live rounds.
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Old 09-27-2008, 09:29 AM
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Good info so far...

I wouldn't hesitate to use fired FMJ's... The lead inside is usually pretty much pure lead, so it will alloy well with your WW to form a softer alloy when needed.
Make sure that the spent bullets all have lead showing! I've seen some FMJ's that are sealed. They seem to have a copper jacket around the base, too.
If you heat up a sealed projectile, the molten lead can squirt out once it finally ruptures the case. This is NOT good!
Before I melt recovered FMJ's, I sort through them to pull out any sealed projectiles. I flatten them on a concrete or rock surface with a 4# hammer, this usually breaks the jacket allowing for a SAFE melt.
Also, if the bullets are not known to be dry, I'd heat them in an oven at 250 degrees for a half hour or so.
There's nothing like dumping wet bullets into a molten pot to scatter hot lead in all directions!
Be safe, take these measures to protect yourself, and you'll have a lot of fun reusing this precious lead!

Happy Shootin'! -Tom
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Old 10-10-2008, 10:37 PM
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You didn't say what kind of bullets you want to make.
For .45 or .38, I mix wheelweights 1:1 with range scrap to make an alloy that works well on these low pressure rounds.
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You didn't say what kind of bullets you want to make.
For .45 or .38, I mix wheelweights 1:1 with range scrap to make an alloy that works well on these low pressure rounds.
sorry been out of town. I plan on casting for .45 230 and .40 155 or 150 I can't remember exactly. thx
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Old 10-14-2008, 08:50 PM
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You gotta get together with HuntingSlayer and swap lead for solder! http://shootersforum.com/showthread.htm?t=50761
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