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Old 04-15-2011, 08:59 PM
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Hello all i am really new to reloading and by looking at the metalergical makup of zinc it looks like i could cast bullets out of zinc instead of lead. i have thought about it because zinc is easy to come by where i work and lead is not does anyone have any forethought of weather or not this would be a mistake or is this something noone has ever thought about?
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Old 04-16-2011, 03:07 PM
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Zinc is the bane of any lead alloy used in casting bullets. That's why casters examine their wheel weights closely and reject any made of zinc. If zinc was suitable as bullet material, we would have all been shooting zinc bullets a long time ago.
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Old 04-16-2011, 05:30 PM
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There have been a few people doing it. I have read articles in Handloader's Digest, I think.

Other than pointing you in the general direction, I'm afraid I don't have much specific information.
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Old 04-16-2011, 10:37 PM
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Zinc is the bane of any lead alloy used in casting bullets. That's why casters examine their wheel weights closely and reject any made of zinc. If zinc was suitable as bullet material, we would have all been shooting zinc bullets a long time ago
it has been done(not by me) i think you need to drill out the sprue holes bigger and i know you must have a dedicated melting pot i heared that 1 bullet will get rid of any leading you have in your bore i also read that they bounce around pretty good on hard targets i imagine you would have to be careful not to let the mold get too cold you could damage it cutting the sprue zinc is pretty hard it is lighter too
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Old 04-17-2011, 01:35 PM
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The only problem i forsee is that zinc is lighter therefore not achieving the proper grain of bullet other than that the two metals are close enough in density and melting temp
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Old 07-03-2011, 06:04 AM
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Zinc is also more brittle, and you would not see any bumping-up of bullet diameter on firing or expansion on impact.
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