Sinker Making By Mellon

Discussion in 'Terminal Tackle Review' started by H2O Mellon, Jul 11, 2006.

  1. H2O Mellon

    H2O Mellon New Member

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    A friend of mine hooked me up w/ a 300 or 400 hundred pounds of X-Ray room lead last year. It was taken from a local hospital, if I recall. I had this stuff at my dad cabin for the last year. I decided to start cutting it down over the weekend. Boy there is ALOT of lead there! :wink: The thing about the way I fish is that I'll need every bit of it, the snags really like me! :tounge_out:

    Anyways I started off by using a pair os tin snip like things, then moved to the power saw! I went through two blades, then finally the saws motor went out. I only made it through the 1st piece of lead!

    Below are some pics of what it looks like during my sinker making process.

    *PLEASE NOTE:
    I dont recomend other do it the same way I do, I will prob end up dying from lead poisoning, as I dont normally wear a mask or gloves or anything like that.
     
  2. H2O Mellon

    H2O Mellon New Member

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    Pic #1:
    What one of the pieces of lead looked like. Notice the saw, that was while it still worked! I could no way lift the lead, so I had the tow it to the spot w/ my Jeep. Oh yes, the 12 ga & 38 revolver in the background are not normally needed. :big_smile:

    Pic #2
    some of the pieces that I cut off, along w/ pic of the melting pot & other accessories
     

  3. dcaruthers

    dcaruthers New Member

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    Where's ya pics Mellon?
     
  4. H2O Mellon

    H2O Mellon New Member

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    Pic #3
    Some of the melted bars. I was melting down the cut pieces into 1 & 1/2 # bars.

    Pic #4
    Just some misc sinkers that were made from the metled bars
     
  5. Whistler

    Whistler Well-Known Member

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    Mellon, if you use a mini-muffin pan you'll get 6 or 9(depending on which pan you have) perfect little lead discs. They fit into the 10 lb Lee melting pot perfectly. If you're using a bigger pot, then it's probably not gonna be a problem anyway, but that's what I do.
     
  6. shortshank

    shortshank New Member

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    Bryan how many sinkers are you making at a time? Those bars look like they should keep you busy for a month. I don't mind pouring the lead or knocking the sinkers out of the molds but man I hate sitting there cleaning the edges on those puppies. Just to show you how big a wee-nee I am, I just ordered 9lbs. of sinkers from one of our fellow brothers. I plan on getting hung a few times myself. What kind of saw did you fry? My porter cable (tiger) has burned up a ton of blades but still hanging in there. Yellow like that I thought Dewalt? Milwakee makes a pretty cheap version too. Good Luck my brother, if worse turns to worse, you know you're welcome to some of mine.
    Don
     
  7. dcaruthers

    dcaruthers New Member

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    Thanks for the pics mellon...they look good. I'm about to buy a molding setup...which one do you have?

    I was leaning toward the Do-it molds.
     
  8. Ace

    Ace New Member

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    Thanks Bryan for all the info and the pic I also make all my sinkers.:0a31:


    :cat:
     
  9. TIM HAGAN

    TIM HAGAN New Member

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    Hey mellon I get alot of lead like that try a castIron pot with a gas burner. I got one from a yard sale about 12" round and I use the burner from my deep fryer outdoors and you can get muffin pans at yard sales they work great.
     
  10. catseeman

    catseeman New Member

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    i gt some lead like that an used the coursest wood blade I could find and it cut good. the lead didn't clog the blade that way. it sure was dirty lead though. I ende up with about 1/3 slag as i did sinkers. A course hand saw might work too. thanks for the post.
     
  11. IL Hunter

    IL Hunter New Member

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    Mellon you should use some safety precautions if you die young from making sinkers the entertainment around here will start to go downhill.
     
  12. H2O Mellon

    H2O Mellon New Member

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    If i plan on bring right by the pot & inhaling much of the fumes I'll be carefull or in I am doing it in an area that isnt as well ventialted as the open air of the mighty Hocking Hills!!!! :lol: :big_smile: