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Thread: Estate Sale Find

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    Estate Sale Find

    Attended an estate sale yesterday of a gentleman that had been a lifelong shooter, collector, reloaded, caster, etc. I had to wait 8 hours for them to get to the lead piled up in one corner of the guys farm shop.

    They auctioned it all off as one lot. 40 pigs if a realatively hard alloy. Several bars of Oatey 50/50 solder. Some spools of solder. A couple pieces of sheet lead. And other miscellaneous ingots and cast boolits.

    Got the whole lot for $75.00



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    Congrats. That sure would look good in one of my 55gal drums.

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    Nice haul!
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    Well worth the price and the wait . Congratulations .
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    Those look like lino type pigs to me. You got an awesome deal. That stuff will alloy about three parts of soft lead to one part of lion, doing the rough math sounds like you will be in casting alloy for a very long time.

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    Yeeee Hawwww
    Great report and great find
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    Cut to the chase, how many lbs. did you end up with?

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    Nice Score, and great price! Well worth the wait.

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    Probably worth even more than $75.

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    I can count at least 30 of those linotype pigs there. Assuming they weigh 22 pounds each which seems standard for them, it comes out to nearly 700 pounds. At 10 cents a pound for clean linotype, I'd say you did very, very well.

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    Very nice score!

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    Great find

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3leggedturtle View Post
    Cut to the chase, how many lbs. did you end up with?
    So here is the breakdown, using a cheap analog bathroom scale...

    42 pigs - 809 lbs
    50/50 solder - 56 lbs
    Sheet lead - 35 lbs
    Misc (boolits, misc ingots) - 36 lbs

    So 936 lbs total, which comes out to about 8 cents a lb that I paid for it.

    This guy had so much stuff that they had a 2 day gun auction back in April where they sold over 350 fire arms plus a lot of ammo and firearms related stuff. All of the stuff sold yesterday that took 8 hours to sell was "found" since April.

    I also pick up most of a keg of 2400 and unique for $40 each. Another half keg of old 2400 (Hercules brand) for $7.50.

    I dont know how many cases of shot gun shells they sold for 35-40 bucks. They got tired of selling reloading dies that they were selling them in lots of ten and they were only getting 50 bucks a box. There were Lyman, Herters, CH and others. There was so much it was bit overwhelming.






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    You can't do any better than that. Congrats.

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    I'm sure the old fellow is looking down from where he is now with some satisfaction, seeing that at least some of what he worked hard to accumulate has gone to somebody who will use it as he had intended.

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    Oh my..... I think that qualifies as a seldom seen 'screaming deal'.

    As in, you find that deal with a straight face. Then you go out to the parking lot and scream about it!
    "Varium et mutabile semper femina." - Virgil
    Man, ain't it the truth....

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    For the price you paid it sounds like there were other people looking to get that pile also, good score. That estate sell off sounds a little like what I`ve been doing for the last 6 months.Robert

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    My 55 gal drum is waiting.

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    Would never guess you had 936lb worth of lead alloy on the truck bed! Wow... I guess it was worth the wait.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kevin c View Post
    I'm sure the old fellow is looking down from where he is now with some satisfaction, seeing that at least some of what he worked hard to accumulate has gone to somebody who will use it as he had intended.
    He is probably looking down and thinking - I spent my whole life collecting all of this and in the end it just sold under a dime per pound and went to someone else! What a waste of my time / money / effort. I could have done something more useful. What value is it to him in afterlife? zero! I would be sad. But hey congrats to the OP who scored a great deal!

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BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
C Compressed Charge PR Primer SPCL Soft Point "Core-Lokt"
HP Hollow Point PSPCL Pointed Soft Point "Core Lokt" C.O.L. Cartridge Overall Length
PSP Pointed Soft Point Spz Spitzer Point SBT Spitzer Boat Tail
LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
GC Gas Check