Mixing bullet alloys is all new to me. In the past all of the bullet casting that I was doing was for revolvers and I just cast straight WW's .What little rifle bullet casting was with ww's also other than some straight linotype I did for some GC .22 bullets.. Now that I'm getting serious about this sport, hobby, obsession or whatever it is, I have been researching mixing up bullet alloy. I spent a lot of time tonight dragging up old forums here on the cast bullet forum. One of my questions is; how pure is the old lead plumbing pipe. I have a lot of this lead pipe, old wheel weights, some pure tin and used to have linotype but got it mixed up and accidently turned it in to jig heads for striper fishing. I also have some shotgun shot. It doesn't say how much antimony is in it, it just says tournament grade. It is some hard stuff is all that I can attest to.
Would anybody care to tell me what a good mix of the supplies I mentioned would make good bullet alloy. I would feel much better if I had some knowledgeable suggestions before I mix up something that is a worthless mess. The lead pipe that I have was removed from some old houses that were torn down in a little town near here. it seems a little harder than pure lead just by doing scratch tests on it. I have cast several black powder revolver conical bullets from it and they all swage down easy going into the the cylinder mouths and shoot very well. I live in extreme rural Southeast Oklahoma and bullet metals are hard to come by. The closest metal salvage that has any of this stuff is about 76 miles away. I may wind up ordering some N0.2 alloy off the internet but the shipping is so high and I'm such a skin flint when it comes to spending money, however if I hadn't been that way through my younger days, I wouldn't have the money to play with the fun stuff now. Here in this area, if you need anything other that a loaf of bread or a jug of milk you have to drive 50 miles or so.
I've discovered a few things here lately since I've gotten serious about cast ,and that is, I'm 75 years old now and if I live to be a 100 I might figure a lot of this out
Thanks for any help you might wish to share,
David a. Cogburn