I was able to locate some Lynotype through a few printers that had some from years ago at thier shops, and most was in pig form or in the letters or numbers that were used but it's almost non existent. I was wondering if anyone had any over flow they would want to sale?When I buy it private I will only pay top price if it is still in the pig form.
If its been ingatized it is immediately questionable and I would need trust seller.
Last I bought was 100$ a pig but I bought all he had @ 80$ ea.
I ran across several of these at one of the old printers, he sold me around 150lbs of linotype. Most of it was the numbers and letters from the press. I'm still looking, mostly have wheel weight lead and plumers lead from the scrap yard.The last Linotype I purchased was still in pig form (about 20 lbs each). They are marked $2.00/lb but I think we agreed on a little less because I bought several pigs. However, I doubt I'll find a deal like that again.
I melt down one pig and put that into 1 pound ingots for easier use and leave the rest in pig form for storage.
The days of Linotype machines are long over, so if you run across any of those Linotype pigs - buy them !
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That's a nice problem to have. I have maybe 5-600 lbs of Lino and a lot of range scrap. Before the rennovation, I could get all the FMJ pistol scrap I wanted for a little work at the range I still RDO for now and then. I have also found roof flashing, pipe, etc., pretty commonly.I have almost 1500lbs of the lino pigs. Soft is what I dont have. Been buying lead sheets at the scrap yard and mixing it 3:1 soft to lino. I got this from the FIL when he past. He bought it to melt down to make weights for the tractors he had. There are about 10 of the weights he poured into the homemade steel plate boxes. They weigh about 250lbs each. He also made a couple of round ones that went on the rear wheels. They are twice the size of the smaller ones.
Someday I might go up and torch out the lead. Or drill a couple of holes and build a big fire.
Or powder coats them!Linotype is good stuff to have, for sure, but I do think an awful lot of casters obsess over aloy more than they need to. For paper, anyway, if it casts good bullets, in all likelihood they will be fine for shooting paper if one sizes, lubes and loads them appropriately.