- September 16, 2017 at 3:19 pm #47051GoodsteelKeymaster
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Always looking for a good deal on lead!!!
- September 16, 2017 at 11:08 pm #47057JRRParticipant
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I am so over smelting dirty, greasy wheel weights. I found a guy on the cast boolit forum named jetsfan who sells clean ingots of clip on ww for a really good price. Excellent quality. $75.00/65lbs delivered to my door. That includes shipping.
- September 17, 2017 at 8:12 am #47060GoodsteelKeymaster
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I get ingots from the local scrap yard for $.50 per pound when they are available.
I just scrapped a bunch of aluminum and was looking to trade, but some dude had cleaned them out a couple days previous. I could have made quite a haul otherwise.
They offered me COWW, but all the ones I found on top were zinc. I think there’s a lot of folks out there who realize they can go to the scrap yard and buy COWW, then smelt all the good lead out of it to be sold for a buck a pound on eBay, then take all the zinc crap right back to the scrap yard.
Nope, I’m afraid my days of digging through wheel weights are over. I’m just not quite desperate enough to pay a dollar a pound for uncertified wheel weight alloy.
- September 17, 2017 at 7:26 pm #47071HarterParticipant
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As much shooting as you do I figured you’d have a single-duel off a Freightliner behind your backer board with a plate in it . Or maybe 2 ,one for the house blend and one for everything else . I will very soon . Well at least as a variation of the theme .
- September 17, 2017 at 10:16 pm #47073kensParticipant
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I got many different ingots from various sources.
I think I need to smelt it all down into just one single alloy , then get it scanned.
Who here can recommend a good way to scan your alloy for its composition??
- September 18, 2017 at 6:54 am #47074GhostHawkParticipant
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I’ve bought from Jetsfan, nice stuff.
Eventually I discovered a young guy who is local to me who has all the contacts for wheel weights and lead scrap. He has been dropping them at my door for a dollar a pound, no shipping, no delivery. We swap 5 gallon buckets, I have been feeding him with smaller cat liter buckets. Clean, with lids. Price is good and you can’t beat delivery to your door.
So I am currently sitting on 150 lbs of COWW in nice muffin ingots. Plus some 75 lbs left of 50% COWW and 50% range scrap. I’ve noticed that my casting has slowed considerable this last year so I should be good to go for some time.
- September 18, 2017 at 3:46 pm #47083LenHParticipant
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The Captain over on that other site has wheel weight ingots at a good price.
- September 19, 2017 at 11:22 am #47089Butch WaxParticipant
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I’ve just about quit casting all together due to the cost of GOOD alloy being so high and buying stuff filled with zink off the net. I no longer trust anyone I don’t know. Local recycling outfits in my area will not sell to the public. Tire shops won’t talk to you.
So now I don’t cast for my 44 or my 45’s, I buy copper plated bullets instead. It’s cheaper than casting your own. I was given a bit of a ribbing by out host all in good fun, but figuring in your time even at min. wage, it’s cheaper to buy than cast.
Unless I want a particular exotic and old bullet for my .38Spl, of which I have many old moulds, I don’t cast anything anymore. I will, on occasion, buy small amounts of certified metal, but that’s rare now. But beyond that, no, I’ve given up on beating my brains out over locating a cheap source of metal to cast. In the end you get what you pay for.
- January 7, 2019 at 11:53 pm #69129Daniel CorriganMember
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I started out in ’95 with obtaining 5 gal buckets of floor sweepings from a friends radiator shop. This included a lot of lengths of solder up to about 5 inches. It was dirty as it came offa a dirt floor but when melted down on my Coleman Gas Camp Stove in a cast iron dutch oven it was perfect for making boolits. True they were lighter than normal and a lot harder with all that tin content but what did I know at that point. All I wanted were some boolits for my Smith 38’s.
Over the following 4 years I garnered a nice pile in muffin and ingot form which I piled up in the garage. Unfortunately I had to move that pile some in the next 23 years. I have added to it with a lot of coww’s over the years and a few select purchases of alloy from fellow casters and lead salvagers. It is still a nice pile and I need to get out on the back patio and smelt down some range lead and ingots into ingots that I like to utilize. The days of gathering coww’s from tire shops is long past I am believing.
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