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Old 09-19-2013, 10:32 PM   #1
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Default Lead Sources in Kalifornia ?

Gentlemen (and ladies),

I will be taking up smelting my own bullets. I will probably start early next year sometime.

The issue is, I'll be living in Southern Kalifornia for a few years.

Where are some of your sources for lead in Kalifornia? I have a feeling most typical sources, like wheel weights, are illegal here.

Anyone smelt in Kalifornia with some input as to where they get their lead from?

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im not in commiefornia but i get my lead from there.

check out rotometals they have decent prices and usually free shipping depending on order amounts.

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im not in commiefornia but i get my lead from there.

check out rotometals they have decent prices and usually free shipping depending on order amounts.
Thanks for the info JonM.

Anyone else with insight?
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Any printing shops in the area?
Linotype lead.
Lead chimney flashing.
I believe you can order it by the ingot from midway. Not sure how the prices are at this point.

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Any printing shops in the area?
Linotype lead.
Lead chimney flashing.
I believe you can order it by the ingot from midway. Not sure how the prices are at this point.
Thanks, MM. I'll keep a lookout.

I hesitate to just go buy lead online, because I really don't know if it would be as cost efficient as just buying cast bullets online... 7000 grains to a pound, 125 grains per bullet that I currently load, which means only 56 bullets per pound of lead I buy? Can that be right? It doesn't seem like much. I'm not be best at math.... Is that right?
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Do you know any telephone men? It is not often that we scrap lead, but when we do, it is a lot.

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Do you know any telephone men? It is not often that we scrap lead, but when we do, it is a lot.
That's interesting.

These are the little tidbits I'm looking for. Thanks.

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There is Sims metals in San Jose- but that is quite a drive for you. I still hit all of the tire stores around here and take all of their wheel weights. It is labor intensive to sort through it all but worth it in the end. You still find a lot of lead in that stuff. I recycle the rest at Sims.

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My buddy does every once in a while get old used car batterys for free and breaks open the plastic shell while spraying with a garden hose to retrieve the lead inside. I dont know how much lead is contained in a battery but he has probally 500lbs of lead he pulled from car batteries. Forgot to add, look on craigslist for used or unwanted sail boats with lead hulls. Ive found a couple that had over 2000lbs in them for $400 on craigslist.

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I've found a couple that had over 2000lbs in them...
That would be enough to get you started.
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