Smelting Zinc

Discussion in 'Casting' started by Gazengine, Mar 12, 2017.

  1. Gazengine

    Gazengine 8 Track guy stuck in a digital world Charter Life Member

    Joined:
    Dec 22, 2016
    Messages:
    574
    Likes Received:
    444
    Location:
    Between Biglick and Frog Pond
    I used this "snow" day to sort about 5 gal of WW's. I am starting to get another pile of Zinc WW's collected.
    Has anyone melted these and sold as pure alloy? I have read on other casting forums that all equipment has to be kept separate from the lead stuff. I really hate selling them back to the scrapyards if they will bring more $$ some other way.
    Also I am gathering supplies to powder coat some bullets. Is it worth it to just cast the zinc into bullets and PC?
     
  2. reloader762

    reloader762 Boolit Master

    Joined:
    Jan 2, 2017
    Messages:
    27
    Likes Received:
    35
    Location:
    NC
    Elvis Ammo has about 4 video's on the subject casting for his 300 BO. Basically it can be done but there are several things that are different from your run of the mill cast lead bullet. In general your bullets are going to be around 40% lighter an in the high 35+ BHN range,you have to run higher temp on the melt pot and cut the sprue very quickly.

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqq2Xh4H4VnMjZemwjTLW0w/search?query=zinc
     
    Ikarus1 likes this.
  3. copdills

    copdills Member

    Joined:
    Oct 20, 2017
    Messages:
    713
    Likes Received:
    208
    Location:
    Clover SC
    I heard something about making cannon balls out of Zinc, but never tried it
     
  4. Dave951

    Dave951 Happy to be here

    Joined:
    Jan 6, 2017
    Messages:
    1,205
    Likes Received:
    1,809
    Location:
    NC
    In our organization (North South Skirmish Association), yes, cannon balls for howitzers and mortars are generally cast from zinc but...... not all of them.

    We compete with Civil War era weapons up to and including artillery. Can't just bebop over to your lgs and get ammo, so casting is very much a "thing" with us.
     
    Last edited: Nov 2, 2017
  5. Beef15

    Beef15 B or somesuch

    Joined:
    Dec 16, 2016
    Messages:
    2,417
    Likes Received:
    2,496
    Location:
    Forsyth
    Some guy on castboolits will do it for you or trade you for lead so he can, something along those lines.
     
    copdills likes this.
  6. Beef15

    Beef15 B or somesuch

    Joined:
    Dec 16, 2016
    Messages:
    2,417
    Likes Received:
    2,496
    Location:
    Forsyth
    Hmm, cheap Lee mold for 150ish bullet, ends up 90ish, wonder if it would be frangible...
     
  7. Scsmith42

    Scsmith42 Member Benefactor Charter Life Member

    Joined:
    Dec 17, 2016
    Messages:
    1,772
    Likes Received:
    3,736
    Location:
    New Hill, NC
    Don’t breathe the fumes from molten zinc. Very poisonous.
     
    Last edited: Nov 2, 2017
  8. copdills

    copdills Member

    Joined:
    Oct 20, 2017
    Messages:
    713
    Likes Received:
    208
    Location:
    Clover SC
    I see that some are making shotswhell slugs with good sucess
     
  9. Starkherz199

    Starkherz199 Professional Contrarian Charter Member Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Dec 17, 2016
    Messages:
    1,247
    Likes Received:
    2,067
    Location:
    here
    Do not put zinc in a bottom pour melt pot.
     
  10. Ikarus1

    Ikarus1 Avtomat Krishna-kov

    Joined:
    Dec 16, 2016
    Messages:
    10,226
    Likes Received:
    16,932
    Location:
    East of CLT
    Hey @Gazengine I probably have half a 5 gal bucket full of zinc wheel weights if you want em.
     
  11. Combat Diver

    Combat Diver Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 10, 2017
    Messages:
    2,997
    Likes Received:
    9,014
    Location:
    Supply NC
    I've got a pile of zinc wheel weights that I've sorted thru. My plan is to get a small pot for zinc only and a fishing weight mold. Will keep my lead for bullets and zinc for fishing since I live on the coast.

    CD
     
    Last edited: May 31, 2018