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Yep. You got zinced. Throw it in your pond and don’t mess with it. Any random batch of wheel weights made in the past ten years will be 30% zinc and steel or more. They all have to be carefully seperated before smelting, or you have to keep your smelting pot temperature very carefully set at 700 degrees so the zink doesn’t melt into the good alloy and floats with the steel.

There’s no way to get the zink out once it’s been melted into the lead. I’ve lost two 50+ pound batches of lead this way over the past decade, and it always makes for a very unforgettable occurrence.

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