Lead hardness

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Jesper
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Lead hardness

Post by Jesper » Fri May 15, 2020 4:18 am

Guys.
I want to ask what hardness lead you run?
Point in case being that i shoot ringtails of approx 500 and want to try like Lyman 2 or there abouts. Good or bad idea?
Or just run like 20:1 or even 30:1?

Jesper
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Re: Lead hardness

Post by Jesper » Mon May 18, 2020 5:14 pm

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Yeah well. After trying the whole thing out with pure lead i opted to cast some 1:2o tin ones and take it from there.
This Sharps 59/63 of mine being rather capable brings that i´ve thus far been hoovering around 80-110 grains of powder.

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VenisonRX
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Re: Lead hardness

Post by VenisonRX » Mon Jan 03, 2022 8:58 pm

I know this post is almost two years old but I’m honestly curious and I think this part of the forum needs more love. What did you find out with your alloy? Pure lead or 20:1?
—Tom

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kenny sd
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Re: Lead hardness

Post by kenny sd » Mon Feb 14, 2022 9:29 am

as a point of interest. I was shooting an original Springfield musket .58. I cast the mini bullet with 1 in 16, then one in 20. received only mediocre results.
then I read that the originals were pure lead. so I tried that.
BIG change. very accurate no leading or loading problems at all.

so while I do not shoot my original Sharps percussion carbine, I used the pure lead in both my original 50 70 Sharps carbine and my Spencer original 56 50 carbine. Both were much more accurate with the pure lead than any kind of mix.

remember, ME and just MY guns... I have always wondered about my Shiloh 40 70 SS and pure lead, but I've not tried it. I use 1/16 on that.

good luck...Ken

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