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  • deltaenterprizes
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    Black powder cannons are exempt from the over .50 cal law.

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    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

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  • Carld
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    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.

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  • John Stevenson
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    High levels of lead exposure have been associated with memory and concentration problems
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    The lead bonds with the calcium and and is excreted.

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

    OK I'll get me coat.

    .

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  • Weston Bye
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    Originally posted by winchman
    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.

    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.

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  • Tim Clarke
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    Oooo..........

    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

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  • ligito
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    Don't melt lead in your basement, or attached garage.
    DAMHIK

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  • winchman
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    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

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  • parrisw
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    Originally posted by jeremy13
    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

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  • jeremy13
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    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.

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  • parrisw
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    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.

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  • jeremy13
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    Originally posted by Lew Hartswick
    Is "wheal whaits." Tecican for wheel weights ???
    :-) Lew
    So much for spell check

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  • jeremy13
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    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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  • Lew Hartswick
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    Is "wheal whaits." Tecican for wheel weights ???
    :-) Lew

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  • 38_Cal
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    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!

    David

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