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The Price Of Lead...€ $ £

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by Ramsay, Apr 28, 2020.

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  1. Ramsay

    Ramsay .... gone Plinking

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    My plan is to use lead as a backstop... I just picked up 3 blocks of lead total weight 30.5 kg for £23....which by my reckoning is a pretty good price.
    I'm hoping that by using lead as a backstop, the pellets will push into the lead and remain there, adding value to my lead savings!!
    I'm hoping a 10mm lead slab with steel behind will be enough to retain the pellets!!

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    That'll take some melting:D
    I used a baking tray and that took just under 5kg, 10mm will be more than enough.
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    I'm off to the charity shop...when they open after lock down to find some good moulds for the lead..:thumb:
     
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    jaisalmere Addicted to placebos

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    Proceed with caution, 30 odd years ago i poured molten lead into the frog of a brick to make ingots, the brick must have been damp, the lead exploded out of the brick all over my kitchen, how my mate and I weren’t hurt i’ll never know, we had no eye ,or any other protection on, please be careful
     
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    I too used a baking tray which i then housed in a box made from left over decking boards. Plenty good enough for a backstop.
     
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    Hi, be careful as lead work hardens when struck repeatedly, and can cause ricochets,sagalout posted about this happening some time ago. So if you try take precautions better safe than sorry. Or save it and weigh it in when lockdown passes.
     
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    Never seen that happen in over 50 years. what is normal is pellets stick to the lead block and build up thickness. BB often bounce but this can be stopped by hanging an old carpet tile in front of the lead.

    Cheap baking trays for moulds can be got from places like Home Bargains, Wilkinsons and B&M bargains. No need to wait for the charity shops to open. As already said, the presence of water is lethal when melting lead. pre heat everything and make sure that old water pipes don't have water trapped in them
     
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    Likewise, never experienced this in many years and even if it did harden over time, why would you weigh it in when you can just remelt and cast in a baking tray.
     
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    Fair enough.
     
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    plumbers putty as someone pointed out here few days ago..
     
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    In the past I found that lead backstops were rubbish, most pellets (if fired from a rifle) will stick but you do get ricochets on a regular basis.

    These days I use a 25 litre plastic drum cut in half and stuff it with rags, the Mrs old undergarments, old socks etc, this is almost silent and you do not get ricochets, of course eventually the filling ends up as lead and cloth pulp so you replace the filling. Oh, and burn the pulp when your neighbours are out to reclaim the lead.
     
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    A piece of 6 or 8mm galv plate 600mm sq makes a good backstop, as a collector for the lead, a plastic rectangular flower planter sited underneath works well. The pellet hits the plate flattening out, giving up all it's energy then drops into the planter. To make it interesting find an old cast iron fire bell (demolition site?) fix it via it's central boss spaced off the plate, drill some diminishing small holes in the plate at the quarters within the circumference of the bell and you have a good bell target combined backstop. Now you can play an Anita Ward with an airgun.
     
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    Rags work very well. I use a wooden box that I can fit A4 printed targets on front. The back is made from 3mm steel plate and that plus 20 cm of dense rags is enough to stop bullets at 270 fpe.
     
  15. robs5230

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    I use a lead backstop for my chrono in the workshop.
    No ricochets, but you do occasionally get the odd bit of "spit back" which is down to pellets hitting the same area frequently and bits breaking off.
    I use soft lead pellets and only shoot rifles through the chrono.

    I'd advise caution if using pistols, low powered rifles or very hard lead pellets. You may get ricochets with those.

    Recently had a workshop tidy up and remelted my backstop. I now need another suitable tray before I can make another.
    Definitely the best backstop I've used.

    I'd also be happy about using one out doors if the noise was acceptable for the situation and the backstop was mounted in a safe area (as you would with any backstop).

    The majority certainly sticks to the backstop but you will get dust and debris around it from small bits that break off.
    Mount that backstop in some sort of box and you'll maximise your lead catch.
     
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    The flaw in this plan being of course, that if you're any kind of marksman at all, your backstop will soon look like a horizontal volcano...:facepalm::D
     
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    Here is my cut in half 25L container stuffed with rags an about two years worth of practice shots.


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