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Out of wheel weights... what about L#2???

Post by Tim:H11 on 8/28/2017, 1:00 pm

I've been using wheel weights for my 45's. I'm pretty much out but I have a good supply of Lyman #2. Will this be a good switch? I have a match coming up in a month. Need to make Bullets. Concerned about how different wheel weights are compared to Lyman #2. Which is better? Will I see an accuracy difference? If so better or worse? Thanks.
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Post by Jon Eulette on 8/28/2017, 1:15 pm

45 bullets/caliber is forgiving. As long as mixture is consistent your fine. Lyman #2 is great bullet alloy.
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Post by zanemoseley on 8/28/2017, 1:43 pm

Jason if you run out of lead I have a guy I met on Ebay I've been buying lead from, seems to shoot just fine, I've been mixing it with the WW lead I have left. I'm done using wheel weights, I don't mind doing some work but by time you buy the WW from tire shops and sort out the iron, zinc and plastic weight, smelt down and turn into ingots its a lot of nasty work to save a few dollars. The guy I'm using sells me 66 pounds for $80 delivered and its nice sized ingots for the Lee pot.

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Post by desben on 8/28/2017, 5:48 pm

The guy I buy lead from is a bit more expensive. He charges me $65 for 21 pounds of Lyman #2. It comes as a bunch of tiny cylinders weighing 148 grains each, .357" in diameter. I don't even bother melting it. Laughing
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Post by Wobbley on 8/28/2017, 6:12 pm

Try Rotometals.  They can supply with any lead alloy.  Not cheap but their mixes are tested and controlled.  So what you order next time will be the same.

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Post by Tim:H11 on 8/28/2017, 6:48 pm

Thanks guys. I was more interested in information on the comparison of WW versus L#2. I have a source for wheel weights and I get them in ingots. I don't have to do all the work of melting it and sorting it. I know a guy that works in a tire shop that refuses to buy bullets. He is a hand loader, a wild cat loader, R+D bullet guy sort of. Does a lot of powder coat bullets for rifle. I get the stuff from him in ingots already. I'm just out of WW and don't have the cash for more BUT I do happen to have a fair amount of Lymann #2. So I was curious. Thanks.
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Post by zanemoseley on 8/28/2017, 8:20 pm

Not sure how people afford to cast with Lyman #2, for what it costs a pound I can buy finished bullets.

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Post by Tim:H11 on 8/28/2017, 8:26 pm

zanemoseley wrote:Not sure how people afford to cast with Lyman #2, for what it costs a pound I can buy finished bullets.

The Lymann #2 I have was a gift. A very VERY nice gift. 30+ pounds plus a slab of tin.
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Post by USSR on 8/29/2017, 5:35 am

Personally, I'd mix that Lyman #2 50/50 with some pure or nearly pure lead.   Simply no need to be using an alloy as hard as Lyman #2 for .45 ACP loads.

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Post by GrumpyOldMan on 8/30/2017, 3:52 pm

OR sell the #2 for a premium and buy more WW ingots at a discount...

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Post by GrumpyOldMan on 8/30/2017, 3:56 pm

But KEEP THE TIN!

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Post by Tim:H11 on 8/30/2017, 4:37 pm

GrumpyOldMan wrote:OR sell the #2 for a premium and buy more WW ingots at a discount...

I'm keeping the L#2 I'm gonna get into rifle bullet casting and was told it's a good lead for that.
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