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casting lead sources

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by chainsaw, Apr 2, 2012.

  1. chainsaw

    chainsaw East side of Or. Active Member

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    i plan on learning to cast my own bullets and wanted to know some good places to look for lead.where do you guys get yours?
     
  2. evltwn

    evltwn Gold Hill Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I asked permission to mine lead from the indoor range I shoot at. It smelts down to 84% of the original weight. I understand that a local scrap iron dealer has lead ingots for $.75 / lb, but haven't bought from them. Wheel weights seem to be no longer much of a source, as the industry is moving more into steel and zinc.
     
  3. Dunerunner

    Dunerunner You'll Never Know Well-Known Member

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  4. PaulZ

    PaulZ Oregon City Active Member

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    Craigs List, Ebay, this forum under "reloading"
     
  5. Squidly

    Squidly Sandy Active Member

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    Calbag Metals. It's on NW Nicolai. They have tons of scrap lead. Pure lead, 2.5% tin, 6% tin. Some very clean, others not so much. I went on a field trip last tuesday morning before work. Scored 400lbs of typeset alloy. Their hand held analyzer said it was 19% Antimony. Sorry, you'll have to wait for the next batch. The typeset is all gone.

    I am not associated with Calbag Metals in any way. Just sharing knowledge.
     
  6. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf SE Portland Well-Known Member

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    What were the rough prices and minimum amount(s)? The last place I went to with about the best prices around here (years ago) was 500lbs.
     
  7. Squidly

    Squidly Sandy Active Member

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    I met a guy that works at Calbag. When I expressed interest in their lead stockpile, he invited me to the shop for a field trip. The short story is that I left with about 120 lbs of 6% tin. Returned today for 400 lbs of typeset.

    I asked him if he would be willing set aside typeset, babbitt, and other odd lead alloys. He said he would. I don't know about minimums. The price changes daily, but is running under $1/lb.
     
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  8. Silver Hand

    Silver Hand Southern Oregon Coast Well-Known Member

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    last time I checked it was about .35 cents a pound at the smelter, It has been a few years. People are doing pretty well selling at at a dollar a pound.
    Silver Hand
     
  9. Squidly

    Squidly Sandy Active Member

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    Have you checked the price of linotype? Or 16:1? Or babbitt?
     
  10. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf SE Portland Well-Known Member

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    That's a nice heads up reminder as to the utility of one of those test guns.
    I've left lie cheaply priced ringing mystery metals galore at the yards because I had no idea the composition.. not that I use the hard stuff much these days.
     
  11. rick benjamin

    rick benjamin USA, Or, Damascus Secure the drama Silver Supporter 2016 Volunteer

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