I was given some powder coated 44 bullets I want to melt down to cast 38/357 bullets. What's the best way to remove the powder??
To remover powder coating???
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Shooting them would be the easiest solution. If that won’t do it melt them in a pot you don’t care about outside and away from neighbors. Stay up wind and prepare to be unhappy with the mess. You will be able to scoop the black goo off the top and then flux to clean further. My experience was with maybe 30 or 40 9mm powder coated bullets in my 50 pound pot I use to melt, blend , and clean scrap alloy. It was a smoking dirty episode that was not worth my time.
I don't have a 44 any more. I will get a pan from our local flea shop and see how it goes. Hate to trash them,must be close to hundred or so. Be good alloy for my 38/357.
Sell to the recyclers and you will be time and money ahead.
You get very little selling. Better to melt down.
Where are you 2frogs? A local gun store might give you something for them or find a .44 shooter/reloader.
I have melted a bunch of them down and no more smoke than fluxing , leave black goo in pot and it will turn to ash, also scoop same as you would dross and continue casting.
If you melt the bullets in a scrap melting pot, add plenty of saw dust to give the goo something to attract instead the sides of the pot. About like melting down roof flashing with tar. It will smoke so the saw dust will burn and help with the smoke generated. Like you I hate to waste good cast bullets, but there are times that is the best solution.
Roll them in paint remover maybe? Then hit them with a hose real hard when they are good and blistered. That might get a bunch off before you try and melt them . I’m assuming you know enough to let them get bone dry first.
I’ve found that melting is the only way to remove cured powder coat. Acetone, mineral spirits, and lacquer thinner seem to have no effect on powder coat……should have been a little clearer about the reason for re-melting powder coated bullets to reclaim lead.
Melt them outside and let them smoke. The sawdust is a good idea.
When I first started casting I made my own alloy, needless to say it wasn't a good batch. I also started powder coating at the same time. When I baked my pills 99% of them melted to puddles. I put them back in the melting pot the next time I melted a batch and like said above there was a bit of smoke but not too much. I used a couple big handfuls of sawdust through the session to get the goo out. Then fluxed as usual and it all came out good. That was years ago and I would do it the same today. BTW, I always do my melting and casting outside.
be really cautious about the smoke ... you will kill every canary in the neighborhood ....
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