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Unread postAuthor: ammosmoke » Sun Nov 12, 2006 8:03 pm

I theory, you could melt salt, then pour it into a mold to make ammo.

Salt is very cheap, at least where I live, which is nice.

But, how practical would this be? Any ideas?

Edit: As long as I'm talking about molding, has anyone ever tried molding aluminum or lead ammo?
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Unread postAuthor: SpudBlaster15 » Sun Nov 12, 2006 8:17 pm

I have cast aluminum on many occasions, none of them involving spud guns. It would be fairly simple to melt and cast into slugs if you had the nessesary equipment. I would imagine the slugs would require turning down on a lathe to acheive an acceptably low friction surface.

I dont mess with lead, too toxic in small quantities for my tastes.
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Unread postAuthor: jrrdw » Sun Nov 12, 2006 8:18 pm

A salt slug would be cool i think, hard, heavy (kinda), and probly shader on impack.
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Unread postAuthor: Flying_Salt » Sun Nov 12, 2006 8:23 pm

I hate to be the one to spoil a good idea, but the melting point of salt is about 1400 degrees farenheit (~800 celcious)
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Unread postAuthor: ammosmoke » Sun Nov 12, 2006 8:51 pm

So what!?! All I have to do is use a MAPP gas torch!

EDIT: Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyy off topic but I really need this for a an assignment...... ANYONE HERE know the admission fee for an adult to HOPI HARI amusement park in Brazil!?!? be quick! I only have like 20min!!
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Unread postAuthor: PVC Arsenal 17 » Sun Nov 12, 2006 10:05 pm

why not sugar.... or dirt.... or poop....
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Unread postAuthor: boilingleadbath » Sun Nov 12, 2006 10:23 pm

Casting salt (assumed to be NaCl here) is possible, although one may wonder why it's more effective than concrete - or simply forming the salt chunk through evaporation of a wet salt slurry?
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Unread postAuthor: ammosmoke » Sun Nov 12, 2006 11:44 pm

PVC arsenal......is that supposed to be a joke?

Casting salt (assumed to be NaCl here) is possible, although one may wonder why it's more effective than concrete -


Well, I kinda just wanted to experiment, and as far as I know, salt glazes and becomes harder when you melt it.

or simply forming the salt chunk through evaporation of a wet salt slurry?


I've always had a hard time forming salt chunks like that......could you maybe fill me in exactly how I would go about doing that?

Edit: Yes, it is NaCl
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Unread postAuthor: boilingleadbath » Mon Nov 13, 2006 10:23 pm

I've never done it either... sorry.
It was a geuss.
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