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is lead from old water service lines soft enough

Is lead from old water service lines soft enough for round balls and maxi balls?
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Re: is lead from old water service lines soft enough

That is going to depend on the batch of lead that was used to make the line. I would separate it, melt some keeping track of what supply maps to a specific melt and then do the Mark 1 thumb nail scratch test. If you can scratch it with your thumbnail cast some bullets and see how they perform. Could be a fun project with cost benefits.

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Re: is lead from old water service lines soft enough

Generally old water pipe lead is very soft. If you can scratch it with your thumb nail it is soft enough. No need to melt it first. Some old lead is mixed with other things that do not make it hard to scratch with a finger nail. such as calcium. However, the calcium crystals can increase wear on the bore by a bullet. For patched round balls the lead is not in contact with the bore anyway.
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Re: is lead from old water service lines soft enough

Thats what I used!

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Re: is lead from old water service lines soft enough

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Thats what I used!
same here basically. I work for a plumber and take the scrap pieces from the full sheets we use for roof vent covers. good stuff!
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Re: is lead from old water service lines soft enough

Thanks guys. I probably have 300 pounds of it so I guess I will start cleaning it up.
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Re: is lead from old water service lines soft enough

Bumble Bea I wouldn't use it. I would send it to me and I will properly dispose of it.

I also use the old lead drain piping, it is plenty soft enough.
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Re: is lead from old water service lines soft enough

How about lead that also has babbit in it that was used for meltin down to form bearings?
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