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Price of Wheel weights

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by Janes, Oct 19, 2013.

  1. Janes

    Janes Enid, Oklahoma Member

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    When I went to the tire shop to get some wheel weights they said that they would sell me some. They had a bucket full , it may have weighed about 100 pounds and they were wanting $20.00 for it. I don't know how much other junk was in it, I did see some valve stems. I was wondering what would be a fair price for wheel weights
     
  2. xlsbob

    xlsbob coos county Platinum Supporter Platinum Supporter

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    I used to buy 5 gallon buckets for $15-$20 before the local tires shops stopped selling them. What does 50lbs of lead sell for in your area? Most places I've seen it's over a buck a pound, in gun shops it's closer to 3. When I'm shooting my cannons I go through a lot of lead, I'd pay $20 for a five gallon bucket of wheel weights in a heart beat and ask if they had any more.
     
  3. Mark W.

    Mark W. Silverton, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    that sounds like a steal to me. Sure its more work then clean lead and sure it has some tin in it. BUT less then 20 cents a pound!
     
  4. Janes

    Janes Enid, Oklahoma Member

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    I am not for sure what they are selling for in this area. The place that wanted to sell them was Big O Tire. I stopped at a little mom & pop place and they gave me about 40 pounds. They said that in about two weeks the will have more. I am trying to get as many as I can. I think before too long they will stop making lead wheel weights
     
  5. Velzey

    Velzey Estacada, Oregon Gunsmith Gunsmith Bronze Vendor Bronze Supporter

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    Very good deal!!
     
  6. Janes

    Janes Enid, Oklahoma Member

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    There is a tire shop that works on a lot of trucks so I hope I can get some from them. Wheel weights for trucks should be pretty big. Some of the big tire companies have contracts with people that recycles wheel weights and will sell you any.
     
  7. taylor

    taylor Willamette Valley Well-Known Member

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    What is the Brinell on wheel weights? is it pure lead?
     
  8. Janes

    Janes Enid, Oklahoma Member

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    I had my bullets tested that I made from wheel weights it was around 13.
     
  9. ogre

    ogre Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    It seems like a fair deal provided that the wheel weights are made of lead or lead alloy. Many of the wheel weights made today are made of steel or zinc. Keep that in mind if you decide to go through with the deal.
     
  10. Janes

    Janes Enid, Oklahoma Member

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    That is the reason I didn't buy them. It looked like there was a lot of junk in there. I think that I can get quiet a lot of free weights. When that drys up then I will look into buying them. I am not for sure what they would sell for at a salvage yard.
     
  11. Velzey

    Velzey Estacada, Oregon Gunsmith Gunsmith Bronze Vendor Bronze Supporter

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    It's pretty easy to make them harder! Or whatever you need them to be..
     
  12. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Make friends with roofers and plumbers. They are always pulling lead out of older homes.
     
  13. Janes

    Janes Enid, Oklahoma Member

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    How are making lead harder ? The wheel weights are hard enough for my 44's. I do have some lead pipe which would be too soft for my 44's
     
  14. Velzey

    Velzey Estacada, Oregon Gunsmith Gunsmith Bronze Vendor Bronze Supporter

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    I make the weights harder. By dropping them into cold flowing water.
     
  15. Janes

    Janes Enid, Oklahoma Member

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    Will that bring pure lead up hard enough. The way I understand it , dropping in water doesn't bring it up very much .
     
  16. ogre

    ogre Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    Friend you cannot harden pure lead by dropping it in cold water.
     
  17. Velzey

    Velzey Estacada, Oregon Gunsmith Gunsmith Bronze Vendor Bronze Supporter

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    Another source of good lead is if you know someone in the construction/remod/demo biz. X-ray rooms are lined with several layers of sheet lead. if you dont want to deal with some of the nasty wheel weights. But then you have to mix it...
     
  18. springfield0612

    springfield0612 Poulsbo Member

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    http://castboolits.gunloads.com/sho...-calculators&p=1149507&viewfull=1#post1149507

    That is an alloy calculator. You put in your known alloys and it calculates your BHN FOR YOU.

    I also know a gentleman that will swap you pound for pound your zinc for his range lead ingots. He likes to do a medium flat rate box at a time which is 40 lbs. Max weight limit. I sent him 80 pounds on Tuesday I'll have my 80 pounds back today.

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  19. kmk1012

    kmk1012 Mid Valley Member

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    Not to hijack this thread but I scored close to 300lbs of sheet lead, melted and poured into ingots. They seem much softer than the same size ingots from wheel weights. I have lots of Linotype to mix in but not sure what ratio to harden it up a little.
     
  20. springfield0612

    springfield0612 Poulsbo Member

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    Download the calculator from the link I posted above and play with it to get the alloy numbers you want. But to get to Lyman #2 about 12 BHN you need 10 pounds of pure lead and 5 pounds of Linotype air cooled from the mold. If you water drop your BHN will go up a bit with using the lino in your alloy. If you oven temper then water qwench your hardness will go up to mid to upper 20's.

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