casting lead sources

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

  1. chainsaw

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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

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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

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  4. PaulZ

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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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

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