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    Did I get a good deal?

    Bought two 5 gallon buckets of wheel weights each just over half full both for $25 total.

    Smelted down I ended up with 92 pounds of clip on ingots and 22 pounds of stick on ingots. 114 pounds total.

    Also found some lead ingots at the local scrap yard for $1.25 a pound. ($.75 for wheel weights there but they're mostly steel and Zinc from what I saw.)

    I think the local tire shop is gonna be a better source even with the cost of propane and the few hours I put into smelting it.

    I feel like the tire shop was a hell of a deal, and the scrap yard was just a good price.
    So question is, since I'm relatively new at this, are those good prices?
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    Not bad ; our local scrap yard is pretty good and keep lead separated fairly good has sold lately for about 70 cents a pound, cheaper if you have trade which I usually do. So not
    To bad at all

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jake McCracken View Post
    Smelted down I ended up with 92 pounds of clip on ingots and 22 pounds of stick on ingots. 104 pounds total.
    Jake - is this new math or am I missing something? 92 + 22 = 104???? I get 114 lol
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    I'm getting 114# too! Thats even better! Thats a fair price for what you ended up with.

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    Yep its 114 pounds total. Dunno how i managed that one!

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    Blame it on spell check!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lightman View Post
    Blame it on spell check!
    or the excitement of getting a good deal and ending up with that much lead lol Good luck on your casting Jake, you now have lead and a casting pot and I assume some molds. Happy casting.
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    My son came over to play and learn too. Good thing since he shoots as many of em as i do. 3 hours for setup and casting so far and weve got 1000 ready for the next step!

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    Were you water quenching? what are those boolits for?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rdwarrior View Post
    Were you water quenching? what are those boolits for?
    Yes I was. And theyre 230gn RN for 45 ACP.

    We shoot alot of them during USPSA practices every Thursday night.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rdwarrior View Post
    Jake - is this new math or am I missing something? 92 + 22 = 104???? I get 114 lol
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    I like your casting setup. I just found another great use for my pop up cover. Thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DCM View Post
    I like your casting setup. I just found another great use for my pop up cover. Thanks.
    I put that up due to the "slight chance" of rain the weather guesser predicted. But it was nice casting in the shade. The table was improvised from a redneck picnic table I have in the yard and some plywood. Original plan was saw horses, but they were nowhere to be found. Lol

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    For some reason those boolits look gigantic. A local scrap yard is still charging me .65 cents a lb for lead and wheel weights but I have to sort the wheel weights myself. They also get brass from a local range and will let me sort through the giant bin for what I want and it's pretty cheap.

    IMHO you got a good deal
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    Quote Originally Posted by jonp View Post
    For some reason those boolits look gigantic.
    Thats what she said. Lol

    They are 45cal 230gn LRN. So they are short and fat.

    I wish the scrap yard near me had brass to sort through. Theyre a little too big a place to let people just sift thru stuff. Ill have to check around with the smaller places. Thats not a bad idea.

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    Got a scrap yard by here where I'm working,$1 a pound for lead and you get to pick what you want,( they got a bunch of lead pipe with soldered connections! hmmm) $3 a pound for brass and you can pick what you want. Rainout probably gonna cost me some bucks!!! Hahahhahahah!!!!!!!!!!!!! I think you did ok.
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    25 cents a pound for what sells for between 70 cents and a dollar a pound. Yeah you did good. Do something nice for the place you got them from. Donuts, $5 pizza, cold drinks or whatever. That is pretty favorable lead to zinc WW ratio and the price is good, you want that source to be your friend.

    Actually just like mom said, a polite thank you is always appreciated. Thank you that you can eat? Even better.
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