Melting a powder coated bullet

Has anyone ever tried this? Set the bullet on a block of steel in hit it with a propane torch?

Does the powder coating burn off with a nasty plastic smell?

Does the lead melt but the coating doesn't let it is away so you now have a liquid lead marble?

Inquiring minds want to know.
 

walterbunning

Administrator
Has anyone ever tried this?
Yes. My powder coated occasional pulls, foul-ups, dings etc go into my scrap pot. Then just melt as usual with your normal fluxing process. The polymer gunk floats to the top with the rest of the dross. It’s stinky, which tells me that some of the polymer may actually burn, so I wear a mask if there are more than just a couple of them in the mix.
 
There's this guy on another thread with three boxes of store-bought bullets. One box absolutely still has the candle wax "lube" on them, but the other two don't.

And the bullets and the other two boxes don't really look like lead bullets. They look like there is a coating of some sort on them.

Suggestions were made that they might be powder coated (grey or black instead of green or red or yellow). In which case they would be fine to just load and shoot.

Made me wonder if putting a torch on one of them would let you know if they were powder coated. You put a torch on a plain lead bullet and it melts. Based on the answers y'all have given, if those bullets have a gray coating, it should burn and stink.

Just trying to think of a way to figure out if they were coated or not.
 

walterbunning

Administrator
There's this guy on another thread with three boxes of store-bought bullets. One box absolutely still has the candle wax "lube" on them, but the other two don't.

And the bullets and the other two boxes don't really look like lead bullets. They look like there is a coating of some sort on them.

Suggestions were made that they might be powder coated (grey or black instead of green or red or yellow). In which case they would be fine to just load and shoot.

Made me wonder if putting a torch on one of them would let you know if they were powder coated. You put a torch on a plain lead bullet and it melts. Based on the answers y'all have given, if those bullets have a gray coating, it should burn and stink.

Just trying to think of a way to figure out if they were coated or not.
The more I study those, the more certain I become that they are moly coated. Powder coating was not used by anyone back when Quality Bullets was alive and well. Even today, I don't know of any commercial company that sells powder coated bullets. Hi-Tek, yes.
 
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