The above diagram Is intended to live only an approximate comparison of the hardnesses of lead-tin and lead-antimony alloys. The addition of tin to alloys on the antimony side will probably throw the alloy into the next higher hardness group. The same is true of antimony added to the lead-tin groups.

Bear in mind that such terms as soft, medium and hard are purely relative. There Is no sharp line of demarkation between them and Just at what point an alloy ceases to be "soft" and becomes "medium'* Is purely a matter of personal opinion. The malting points given are approximate.

x8o jng if ¡t js> dean fa {cacj out wjt]1 a brass wire brush, or with metallic mercury and then read the chapter on bullet lubricants before proceeding further.

This little chapter being for beginners I have decided to disclose a deep, dark secret. All this stuff about bullet alloys, melting points and the characteristics of different metals, etc., is apt to be very confusing to a beginner and create the impression that casting bullets is a rather tricky problem. As a matter of fact it is nothing of the kind and to help set the reader's mind at case on this point, I will disclose, for the first dmc, and in the strictest of confidence, just what I use myself for casting bullets for ordinary shooting purposes.

I have a lead pot which I usually keep at least half ful! of bullet metal. What it is composed of, the Lord alone knows. If I want to cast some moderately soft bullets, I stick my thumb nail into what is in the pot (y'under-stand Brother, this is before it is melted) and if it doesn't indent easily enough to suit me I heave some lead in. On the other hand, if it is too soft for what I want, I chuck in some antimony alloy, or a little tin, or any odds and ends that are lying around which I think will bring it up


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