I've gotten some pretty cool cast iron pans at auctions over the years. My husband has found a use for some of them that is a bit unusual.......he uses them when he makes alloy for making cast bullets.
Alloy is used for making bullets for blackpowder cartridge guns or buffalo rifles. Those are guns like the one Tom Selleck used in his movie 'Quigley Down Under'. Alloy is made from lead and tin. The ratio is 20 lbs. lead to 1 lb. tin.
He makes the alloy several times a year and then he has it when he's ready to cast some bullets. He made 180 lbs. of alloy yesterday and it will make about 2300 cast bullets.
I really like some of those pans, guess I'm not going to get them back!
Two of the cast iron pans with alloy.
Two more pans with alloy.
These are the 55 lb. blocks of lead he melts.
Pouring the molten alloy into the pan.
Pouring the molten alloy into the bar pans.
The alloy right after it is poured into the bar pan.
The alloy after it is cool and out of the mold.
More of the alloy after it is cool.
One of the cast bullets he makes from the alloy.