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Thread: Today's trip to the scrap yard

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    Boolit Buddy
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    Dec 2016

    Today's trip to the scrap yard

    I cashed in some range pickup brass at an undisclosed West Texas scrap yard today. As usual I asked if I could look at their lead. The 55 gallon drum was full of wheel weights. Looking at the surface I didn't see a good ratio of lead. Scraped the surface for better look, decided today wasn't the day for a good yield. Gave the surface another scrape and saw.....canvas. DUG into the surface and found three factory sealed bags of hard lead shot. Dropped them into a bucket, weighed out and paid the man 75 / lb. I don't reload shotgun so I will be adding the shot to harden my soft lead.

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    Boolit Bub
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    Mar 2015
    Good score and a good price!

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    Boolit Grand Master

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    Oct 2009
    Nice Score! I wish the yards would sell to the public around here!

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    Winger Ed.'s Avatar
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    May 2007
    Just outside Gun Barrel City, Texas
    Good job.

    I got a couple hundred pounds of shot like that back when you could buy Lead out of the scrap yard for 25 cents a pound.

    I made a few ingots, then started just dumping it in the pot as I went along.
    Ya gotta stir it real well, but it goes on in.

    Another option is sell it for its real value, and put the proceeds in the 'Whiskey and Gunpowder' fund.
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    It was God, guns, and guts.

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    Mar 2012
    Back in the woods a piece, just outside Auburn, AL.
    Sweet!!! Nice find!!

    Nice Score! I wish the yards would sell to the public around here!
    Ditto!!! It has been years since I have been allowed through those gates.
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    Boolit Master kmw1954's Avatar
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    Mar 2016
    SE Wisconsin
    Repeating again, here in Wisconsin the scrapers/recyclers will not sell lead to the general public as it's been listed as a hazardous material.

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    Feb 2013
    Planet Reality
    If I found that much bagged shot for that price I think I would give shotgun reloading a try. Nice score.
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    Boolit Master
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Central VA
    If I found bagged lead shot at fire sale prices, it would get swapped off to some of my friends who shoot flying pottery. It’s always good to keep other guys at the club thinking what a great guy you are, and that amount of new shot is a lot more valuable in the general shooters’ market than its scrap value. Scrap shot? I’ve bought several hundred ponds of it from a turkey shoot operation, and what didn’t get resold is definitely destined for the smelting pot.

    "It aint easy being green!"

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    Boolit Master
    Join Date
    Sep 2016
    My old Promelt was a trade for a few bucks and bags of shot to a shot gunning friend. The shot I got for a dollar a pound from a former caster who wanted his stock to go to another caster (his asking price). Satisfactory deal all around.

    So, yes, factory shot is good for reloading, good for casting, and good for trading.

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Abbreviations used in Reloading

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