.177 pellets

Discussion in 'Reloading Room' started by lklawson, May 18, 2014.

  1. lklawson

    lklawson Staff Member

    I have been shooting a lot of .177 pellets lately. About half of them are going into a trap and are recovered (often in a very flattened state). Should I bother saving these for someone to recast or are they too soft and I should jut throw them away?

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  2. Rerun

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    If you collect a large enough quantity, you could always recast them as fishing jigs or split shot weights.

    I do.

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  3. lklawson

    lklawson Staff Member

    Well, I don't fish personally. However, I could always use it to load the head of Irish canes or too cast into balls for slungshot cores.

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  4. Rerun

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    Or as large buckshot.

    Or as a paper weight...

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  5. undeRGRound

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    or even cast boolits...
    Using old engine bearings can harden it up too.
    It is likely nearly pure lead, just add some tin and antimony.
    I also have read something about bismuth too
     
  6. Rerun

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    That's in one of the Dakotas, right?

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  7. Rerun

    Rerun Member

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    What?

    Don't You live in Ohio?

    One of the Nations best States for freshwater fishing???

    What is Wrong with...

    Never mind.

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  8. lklawson

    lklawson Staff Member

    one time my wife offered to give me a list of what is wrong with me in either alphabetical order order of severity.
    So, of course, I said alphabetical. I had to stop her when she got to G.

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  9. Rerun

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    In my experience with nekkid elf wimmen, you were fortunate to stop her at all!

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  10. histed

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    lklawson - as a boolit caster I can only say NEVER throw lead away! 177 pellets are near pure lead, good for lotsa boolits, like full wadcutters or SWC or...whatever. If nothing else, put an ad out and sell it to someone like...ME! I'd never turn down a source of lead.
     
  11. undeRGRound

    undeRGRound ROLL wif Da MOLE! Supporting Member

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    I never can seem to stop nekkid elf wimmen either, I just have to let them
    have their way with me then... oh well, never mind ;)
     
  12. lklawson

    lklawson Staff Member

    Thanks for the advice. :)

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  13. Hmm. Lead shot for shot gun reloading.

    If you ever get a full pound I'll pay for Shipping :) lead is a major blow to my reloading. Since you have to buy it in 25 lb bags. They cost a lot to ship
     
  14. lklawson

    lklawson Staff Member

    I've run probably 1200 rounds through the thing. At a guess, I have managed to capture about half or so. I put another 20-100 rounds through it every couple of days but the things are only like 8 grains per pellet.

    Most of what I've captured have flattened on the sheet steel trap but I've recently stuffed the trap with scrap denim. That helps a lot. They don't ping out occasionally any longer and some are left in such good shape that I can actually re-shoot them (though accuracy suffers, of course).

    I'll save 'em up.

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  15. USPS flat rate boxes are allowed to be up to 70 lbs per box, same rate regardless of weight.
     
  16. lklawson

    lklawson Staff Member

    Does lead have to be shipped ORM-D?

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  17. undeRGRound

    undeRGRound ROLL wif Da MOLE! Supporting Member

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  18. VinnieD

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    My first experiments in casting were using old pellets, and I can vouch that they make excellent bullets. If you want harder lead, add some tin in there. I've also noticed some brands of pellets are harder than others. Daisy pellets are very soft, but Winchester are a bit harder, and Gamo are harder still.
     
  19. lklawson

    lklawson Staff Member

    Last night I filled up an old hummus container (don't ask) half full with (mostly flattened) pellets. I'll have to weigh it but it wouldn't surprise me if it was a pound already.

    (The referenced container is on the left.)
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  20. nice, you have been going threw some pellets then.

    I forget my load data but I believe my planned shot was 5/8 oz. per shell. which would be 26 shells per pound of lead.
    .410 shells that is.