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texaswoodworker 01-18-2013 10:38 AM

Finding Lead
 
I've been looking into bullet casting, and have decided that is something I really want to get into later this year. I want to go ahead and stock up on lead, and I was wondering where I could find it. I know scrap yards and tire shops will sometimes have it, so are there any other places I could look?

Thanks.

trip286 01-18-2013 11:10 AM

I can hook you up with a few pounds later on. The stuff I have is pretty pure though, so it's very soft. Not wheel weight lead, it's lead washers that are used as gaskets for chlorine fittings.

texaswoodworker 01-18-2013 11:38 AM

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Originally Posted by trip286 (Post 1099018)
I can hook you up with a few pounds later on. The stuff I have is pretty pure though, so it's very soft. Not wheel weight lead, it's lead washers that are used as gaskets for chlorine fittings.

That would be awesome. Thanks. :)

I've been looking into it, and there are ways to harden the lead. I could mix it in with a much harder lead alloy. Depending on what is in the lead alloy, I think you can also quench them in water to harden them. I'll have to read up on it.

vincent 01-18-2013 12:04 PM

Not 100% sure but I think the lead tire weights are being replaced with zinc now, may want to be aware of that...good luck with the casting! :cool:

therhino 01-18-2013 12:26 PM

Rotometals sells alloys specifically for bullet casting on their website. You can also get lead ingots from other peoples' range lead on eBay for a song. I personally buy, smelt, and resell pewter from thrift shops on eBay that folks use to mix their own alloys.

Rick1967 01-18-2013 12:44 PM

I usually buy from the local recycling yard. It was around $.75 a pound about a year and a half ago. I found over a hundred pounds at a yard sale for $20. So I havent bought any in a while.

nitestalker 01-18-2013 12:54 PM

Stocking up is a good idea. Lead WWs the ideal general alloy for hand gun bullets is going away. Other alloys useful for casting Animonie, Tin and Linotype are getting very expensive.
Tin is used for even flow and fill in the mold block. The Animone is used for hardening. Water drop can harden bullets for maybe 2 years and then the BHN starts dropping.
I picked up 1,200 Lbs. of range lead salvaged from an indoor shooting range. The copper and brass salvaged was sold for $320 bucks. Range lead is often a bargain.:D

robocop10mm 01-18-2013 03:22 PM

Roofers and plumbers. Roofing lead is pure, soft lead. It is useful for stretching harder alloys in low velocity applications and for shotgun slugs/muzzle loader bullets (20/1 lead/tin). Plumbing lead can range from dead soft caps to 50/50 lead tin solder.

I save my scrap brass and trade for lead at the scrap yard.

texaswoodworker 01-18-2013 06:05 PM

Well, I called a lot of places, and no one had any they would be willing to give/sell me. One place told me they might have some in a month.
I did find some decent prices on ebay though.

trip286 01-18-2013 06:35 PM

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Originally Posted by texaswoodworker (Post 1099386)
Well, I called a lot of places, and no one had any they would be willing to give/sell me. One place told me they might have some in a month.
I did find some decent prices on ebay though.

Wait. I don't know how much I have, but I know it's several pounds. You'll have to harden it with something, but for the lead itself, just hold your horses.

I won't be able to even collect it until Monday. I'm going out of town for the weekend.


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