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Are Airgun Pellets Pure Lead?

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by tinmanofkent, Feb 17, 2020.

  1. tinmanofkent

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    As above, are airgun pellets pure lead or a lead alloy?
     
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    Usually lead and antimony. The exact ratio varies depending on the manufacturer. Pure lead is generally considered to be too soft.
     
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    What is the max percentage of antimony?
     
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    Antimony is alloyed with lead to increase lead's durability. Antimony alloys are also used in batteries, low friction metals, type metal and cable sheathing, among other products. Antimony compounds are used to make flame-proofing materials, paints, ceramic enamels, glass and pottery.

    I should add that it's also pretty nasty, causes all sorts of medical problems.
    Butter of antimony was used to debud calves years ago, if the crusts got in the feed it poisoned the calves. It's proven to cause digestinal problems, breathing problems and is carcinogenic yet used in many situations today.
     
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    Wouldn't have thought any higher that top end shotgun shot 5%. Usually 3% is norm for soft and still hard enough not to deform on firing.
     
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    Yeah, I know all about antimony. I’ve got loads of it linotype print and pure mineral.

    I’m curious what percentage of alloy is used in airgun pellets typically. For example shotgun shot is typically 3% in U.K. up to a 5% max.
     
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    Maybe

    Do you think pellets feel like 5% antimony?
     
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    Not sure of the exact percentages, but it varies by manufacturer. JSB tends to keep it on the low end and their pellets are softer as a result, while H&N uses quite a bit more.
     
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    An Antimony pill is a pill made from metallic antimony. It was a popular remedy in the nineteenth century, and it was used to purge and revitalise the bowels. In use, it is swallowed and allowed to pass through the body, after which it is customarily recovered for reuse, giving rise to the name everlasting pill.



    Nice.....
     
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    I think I'll 'pass' on that... :D
     
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    I've also wondered if there is any mercury in the mix, it was used in tooth fillings so no reason why it couldn't be used for pellets.
     
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    What qualities would mercury bring? I’m only familiar with tin and antimony.
     
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    Oh Lord! Imagine swallowing something that's already been through Nell Gwynn, Jack the ripper and Isambard Kingdom Brunel!
    I wouldn't know whether to sell it, kill it or build it!!
     
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    I've got a few of them...

    More toxins?
     
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    Dental amalgam is a dental filling material used to fill cavities caused by tooth decay. ... The chemical properties of elemental mercury allow it to react with and bind together the silver/copper/tin alloy particles to form an amalgam.

    Just a guess that it would react similarly with lead to form a malleable yet strong alloy. I might be piddling in a strong headwind but it was just a thought. If my glasses turn yellow I know I'm wrong!
     
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    Maybe dental amalgam is safe and should be left out of this? I have amalgam fillings that were done in the late 1960s and early 1970s and are still there. I haven't gone mad yet.
    Have I? :D
     
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    Don't ask me, I'm a pink unicorn... :confused:
     
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    You're not one of those undecided inbetweenies are you? :D:D
     
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