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jeremy13
02-06-2010, 06:27 PM
Decided to try out the new lead melter I built. It's not finished but had to try it out. Made some ammo for my cannon 1# balls. I used wheel weights. The kiln will hold 150# at least of lead. It's bottom pore uses tapered plug in the bottom works great.
http://i46.tinypic.com/21esyko.jpg
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jeremy13
02-06-2010, 06:30 PM
http://i50.tinypic.com/2r4n0g8.jpg
http://i50.tinypic.com/ndua1e.jpg
I think my pin would float up if I get it full of lead. I will have to add a spring.

clutch
02-06-2010, 07:08 PM
Damn, my little 10# pot doesn't hold a candle to that one.

Expect an arrest order soon from the EPA for discharging lead into the environment.

Clutch

Al Messer
02-06-2010, 07:16 PM
How about a photo of what yer gonna shoot them in?

jeremy13
02-06-2010, 07:33 PM
Ok Discharging lead in to the enviroment? You got to find them first.
http://i47.tinypic.com/2m85d8x.jpg

bighammer
02-06-2010, 07:52 PM
I'm glad yue arnt in Klumbus Ahia we'ns would have to duck if you fired that thing east.

Nice gun thow I like it, would be nice to have it in the bach of my truck in heavy traffic with the gate down.

Cookie

38_Cal
02-06-2010, 07:58 PM
It looks tall enough you wouldn't have to lower the gate! Fitting a crew in with it might be a bit of a problem... I can just see it...tailgating Peterbilt...lanyard to a friction primer...KABOOM!...no more Peterbilt! :D

David

Lew Hartswick
02-06-2010, 08:21 PM
Is "wheal whaits." Tecican for wheel weights ???
:-) Lew

jeremy13
02-06-2010, 08:32 PM
We go down to the junk yard and give back the lead, in the cars. The lead balls will go straight threw the doors and out the other side. The engine block will stop them but will suffer a deep crack. I can't find the pix right now but hear is a dryer and some golf ball hits at a hundred yards.
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jeremy13
02-06-2010, 08:34 PM
Is "wheal whaits." Tecican for wheel weights ???
:-) Lew
So much for spell check:rolleyes:

parrisw
02-06-2010, 08:46 PM
What do you do with the steel bits in the wheel weight's? I was thinking of making cannon balls for fishing, and I have access to lots of wheel weights.

jeremy13
02-06-2010, 09:06 PM
All the impurities will float to the top of the molten lead. The steal clips, rocks and brass bits from valve stems. Just skim them off the top and your ready to go. Theirs not to many things that will sink in lead. I think gold will sink and a few other exotic alloys. Evan the lead less wheel weights will float.

parrisw
02-06-2010, 10:50 PM
All the impurities will float to the top of the molten lead. The steal clips, rocks and brass bits from valve stems. Just skim them off the top and your ready to go. Theirs not to many things that will sink in lead. I think gold will sink and a few other exotic alloys. Evan the lead less wheel weights will float.

Oh, ya, didn't think of that. LOL. DUUUUU

Thanks

winchman
02-07-2010, 12:37 AM
You might want to read this:

"The leading cause of lead poisoning in adults is through inhalation of lead dust or lead vapor. However, lead can also enter the body through ingestion or through skin contact while working with certain chemicals and solvents. No matter what the source of lead exposure, the end result is always the same. Once lead enters the body, it is absorbed by the lungs and/or the digestive tract. The lead then enters the bloodstream and is distributed to all tissues throughout the body. Health effects as a result of lead exposure are directly related with the concentration of lead. At low levels of exposure, slight changes in nervous system function and muscle and joint pain can occur. High levels of lead exposure have been associated with memory and concentration problems, extreme tiredness, reproductive problems, kidney failure and even coma or death. As a result, it is pertinent that any individual exposed to lead practice safe-work techniques."

From:http://www.kdheks.gov/ables/occupation.html

ligito
02-07-2010, 12:44 AM
Don't melt lead in your basement, or attached garage.
DAMHIK

Tim Clarke
02-07-2010, 01:52 AM
ME LIKE CANNON.... Several years ago, I made up a mold for 8oz cannonball sinkers. Seems like my buddys were losing plenty when we were Salmon fishing.[not that I ever lost any] Looks like I need to build a shooter for 'em, since I'm already set up to make cannon fodder......

Thanks for the insperation. How about a few loading details, like powder charge, patch lube, primer, etc???

Thanks, TC

Weston Bye
02-07-2010, 07:57 AM
You might want to read this:

"...slight changes in nervous system function and muscle and joint pain can occur. High levels of lead exposure have been associated with memory and concentration problems, extreme tiredness, reproductive problems, kidney failure and even coma or death..."

From:http://www.kdheks.gov/ables/occupation.html

Sounds like old age.:D

If you are working around lead, a diet rich in calcium is said to mitigate exposure. I did a machine installation in a radiator plant years ago. Everyone wore lead monitor badges. Any overexposure detected, immediately go to the cafeteria and have a glass of milk. Calcium enriched orange juice also. It's chelation therapy. The lead bonds with the calcium and and is excreted.

John Stevenson
02-07-2010, 08:11 AM
High levels of lead exposure have been associated with memory and concentration problems

and


The lead bonds with the calcium and and is excreted.


I wonder if this is where the truth of "Sht for brains" came from?

OK I'll get me coat. :D :rolleyes:

.

Carld
02-07-2010, 08:46 AM
My son was a maintenance machinist at an Exide battery factory. Everyone wore the monitors and keeping the place clean was important but they still had overdoses and had to take medication for it. He finally changed jobs and has cleaned his body as best as can be of the lead problem.

I doubt you'll have much problems casting lead bullets or cannon balls in an open ventilated area and no more than you would be doing it.

gary350
02-07-2010, 10:06 AM
Here is a lead melt pot that I build out of 1/8" stainless steel. It is bottom pour. It will hold a 5 gallon bucket of wheel weights. It will hold about 2.5 gallons of wheel weights before they are melted then after they melt it holds a whole 5 gallons. http://home.earthlink.net/~gary350/leadpot2.jpg

I built a 2 piece mold for my cannon. The nose bullet part had a thread in the back end. The other mold cast the a thread plug with fins. The bullet nose has a hole so I can press in a small pistol primer. Put in a primer, fill hollow bullet with black powder, screw in the plug/fin with epoxy glue on the threads. I can shoot them like artillery shells. The go several miles and explode when they hit. If I replace the small pistol primer with a percussion primer they are much more sensitive they explode if they hit tall weeds or grass. I don't have my cannon, mold or lead pot anymore sold it years ago. The law has changed anything over .500" bore is illegal now.

Here is a small mold for 12 guages exploding slugs. Sold this too many years ago. It was a lot of fun to shoot. http://home.earthlink.net/~gary350/slugmold.jpg

deltaenterprizes
02-07-2010, 12:35 PM
Black powder cannons are exempt from the over .50 cal law.