Dropped off my wife's car today at a "Big Name" tire store for a couple new tires. I nonchalantly asked the manager if I could scrounge some tire weights and to my suprise he said "Sure, there's a couple of buckets back there. You can have whatever you can use". Wow! Two full buckets for free!
First disappointment: they were little one gallon buckets.
Second disappointment: a good 70% were steel weights. (I'm in California)
I promised to return the buckets and any weights I didn't want, loaded them in my pickup and spent about 40 minutes picking through them with a magnet. Suprisingly, I managed to get 1 1/2 large coffee cans of lead. Any marked "Zn" went back in the return pile, although I'm sure a few got into the keep pile. I'll find out when I start smelting.
Two things I learned though......the steel weights look remarkably like the old lead ones, and I've got a freindly tire store right in my own back yard. At least I topped off my 5 gallon bucket, replacing some of what I've shot in the last month or so!
On another note, I've discovered that NO ONE at our local range bothers to "mine" the backstops. Since I'm usually by myself, every time I check or change a target, I can count on picking up several handfuls of pistol bullets...then cover my tracks. It would appear that the backstops haven't been "dressed" in years. I think I'll talk to the club secretary and see if I can stake a "claim".