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Handling Lead

Discussion in 'Lead' started by Rew, May 13, 2016.

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  1. Rew

    Rew Moderator Staff Member Supporter

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    Items such as musket balls and pistol shot are often the talking point of military historians and can sometimes offer great insight into the physical layout of an old battlefield. Being made from lead like most projectiles of the era they tend to be quite soft so cleaning them with a quick rinse under the tap is often more than adequate. WARNING! LEAD DEGRADES IN TO EXTREMELY TOXIC WHITE LEAD. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO ABRADE OR POLISH LEAD OBJECTS. AVOID DIRECT SKIN CONTACT, AVOID EXPOSURE TO WHITE LEAD DUST, ALWAYS STORE IN A SEALED CONTAINER
     
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    you can put some wax (like cosmoloid H80) on the find and heat it with a fan shortly
     
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    That's a good idea Such Much. I have some real nice musket balls but keep them in a container and don't handle them.
    You have given me an idea. Put the wax on and put them on a nice piece of varnished wood, slightly board out to keep them in place...
    Another project on the go.lol
     
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    heres six months worth of lead balls from one site . 90% are catapault ,but about 10% are musket . must have dug about 20kg of lead in the past twelve months . No wonder my memory is getting worse again . I must remember to wear gloves . 20160513_171144.jpg now what was it i needed to remember .:ScratchOneSHead:
     
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    You must have gypsy's near you.
    I have too say Nigel, you got balls all right:Lol:
     
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    the field is directly across the road from pub the local gypsys frequent . so its my guess when they have had a few beers they compete to see who can hit a donkey , range 20mtrs-100mtrs depending where if field the donkey stands . but it could be the local gypsy kids ,theres been a lot of damage round here with katys,and if you say owt you get beat up by the dads .
    i dont care rew ,i dont mind a dozen every time saves me casting them ,got me a couple of diablo pros for the near future,lol;)