FIGURE 4.1 Flow diagram of bullet materials, a general description of the many steps involved in bullet production.

TABLE 4.3 Approximate Masses and Numbers of Bullets Produced from “Single Unit” of Various Stages in Manufacturing Processa

Source of Material

Weight of Material (lbs)

Mass of Material (kg)

Yield (of .22 Caliber Bullets)

Melt pot

200,000

90,719

35,000,000

Melt pot

100,000

45,360

17,500,000

Sow

2,000

907

350,000

Billet

70–350

32–159

12,250–61,250

Pig/Ingot

60–125

27–57

10,500–21,875

aGreen, K. D. Introduction to the Bullet Manufacturing Process: Committee on Scientific Assessment of Bullet Lead Elemental Composition Comparison, Washington, DC February 3, 2003.



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