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Old 07-09-2007, 05:06 PM   #1
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Does anyone know of a good place to get ammunition grade lead in order to create lead balls out of it for shooting?

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Old 07-09-2007, 08:53 PM   #2
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I presume you are referring to soft lead for muzzle loading bullets. IMHO wheel weights are too hard for that application. You need soft/virgin lead. The best source is pipe jackets. The metal thingies that go around the vent pipes that protrude from your roof. These are virgin lead. Find a roofer in your area. He likely gets a few each week from re-roof jobs. You also might check with the local metal recycling center. They may buy those jackets from the roofer and sell to you. Should not be very expensive.

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I have found fishing weights work pretty good but if you are lucky enough to have a good small muzzle loading shop near you they get lead by bulk and you can gret it fairly cheap those you sometimes need to add a bit of tin as you dont really want your lead to soft as it can floul a barrel a bit faster and it can even break aprart before impact if it is to soft and you use a heavy powder charge....... Now I aint no expert at this but I have been muzzle loading for aprox 25 years.......

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Stick on wheel weights are 99.5% pure lead with a BHN of 6.(pure lead is 5) Close enough you can't tell the difference and neither can your muzzleoader. Clip on weights are too hard

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Make sure if you do use wheel weights that they are lead. Some are zinc.

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The Zinc weights melt at significantly higher temp than lead or lead alloy. I don't worry too much about them because they will simpy float on top of the molten lead to be skimmed off. As far as stick on weights, I have noticed a huge disparity in the hardness of these weights. The ones that are thin and segmented seem to be the purest lead. I have found others that are nearly as hard as clip on weights. I segregate and melt them seperately. The fluxed ingots get marked with a sharpie so I can make pretty repeatable alloys.

Typical muzzle loader bullets are 20-1 alloy of lead to tin. Tin can be obtained at plumbing supply stores in the form of 1lb 50/50 solder bars. Two bars and 19 lbs of virgin lead is perfect.

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The recycling center in my area sells pure lead and lead alloys for pretty cheap. Something like $.50 a pound if I remember correctly. They also sell once fired brass for around a dollar a pound. You have to sort throught the brass yourself. But I bought a bunch of 38 special, 30-06 and some 308 win for almost nothing. I think I paid around $1.50 for a bag full.

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My family and I are currently taking care of buisness in the basement. We found a lot of lead pipe, a whole lot. It is also very soft for some reason....

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While there is good info here, I hope that nobody thinks they are helping the OP's question. The question is less than a month away from being 3 years old...

http://www.firearmstalk.com/forums/f22/source-lead-1157/#post4158

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While there is good info here, I hope that nobody thinks they are helping the OP's question. The question is less than a month away from being 3 years old...

http://www.firearmstalk.com/forums/f22/source-lead-1157/#post4158
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