Lead Sources in Kalifornia ?

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by JW357, Sep 19, 2013.

  1. JW357

    JW357 New Member

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    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?

    Thanks,
    JW
     
  2. JonM

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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.
     

  3. JW357

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    Thanks for the info JonM.

    Anyone else with insight?
     
  4. mountainman13

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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.
     
  5. JW357

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    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?
     
  6. MisterMcCool

    MisterMcCool Well-Known Member Supporter

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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.
     
  7. JW357

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    That's interesting.

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

    Keep 'em comin'.
     
  8. Vikingdad

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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.
     
  9. fupuk

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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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  10. MisterMcCool

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    That would be enough to get you started. ;)
     
  11. nitestalker

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    I buy all my Linotype off of E-Bay some good deals. Part of becoming a bullet caster is learning to scrounge scrap lead. :)
     
  12. fupuk

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    I wasnt able to buy them tho. I have my Lee melting pot, but haven't got into casting yet. Getting into reloading was higher on my priority then casting.
     
  13. mountainman13

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    Idk. I've never done the math. I save every piece of lead I touch (including pellets) and all that I mould is round ball. These other guys are gonna be more high tech than me. I mould my rounds over a fire in the woods with a 2 cavity mould a ladle and a piece of leather. Lol
     
  14. Vikingdad

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    I am trying to get the local range to allow us to mine lead from the backstops. If that ever works maybe I can use your help JW!
     
  15. JW357

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    Thanks for he tips everyone. Greatly appreciate it!

    I'd definitely help you out. But I'm not gonna be in NorCal until the end of November, then when I return to Cal I'll be near San Diego.
     
  16. Vikingdad

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    There is probably a Sims metals down south too. The one in San Jose sells used metals (including lead), but the one in Redwood City does not have any sales.
     
  17. Vikingdad

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    I am going to post a thread on ideas on how to efficiently and effectively mine lead from the outdoor range. Take a look.
     
  18. JW357

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    When you post it, please link it here, so I can be sure to see it.

    I don't always notice new threads, and don't always have the time to check every single new one that pops up.

    Thanks.
    :)
     
  19. JW357

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