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View Poll Results: Do you have a lifetime supply of lead?

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  • No, What I Have Won't Last

    768 52.86%
  • Yes, I Have Enough to Make It to the Other Side

    316 21.75%
  • I Just Don't Know

    217 14.93%
  • I Hoard for the Sake of Hoarding Itself

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  1. #641
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    Sadly I do not have a life time supply of pure lead or lead alloy. If I only cast for one caliber I might have a life time supply. But If I only casted for one caliber my quality of life would suffer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cosmic_Charlie View Post
    I have enough lead to make 17,500 200 grain boolits. What I don't have is 17,500 primers.
    This is the problem. Many of us have more lead and powder than we have primers to use it all up with.

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    I have scavenged range salvage for many years and scrounged lead of all types anywhere I could. About five years ago, the wife and I bought this place where I can shoot, so though I have a pretty large stash, nearly all of it is going into a berm on land I own. I won't bother mining it as long as I have a good supply unless I sell this place, and I may not run out before the dirt nap and all of it will stay for the next owner, but it is comforting to know it's not going anywhere.

    The range I am still a member of has no problems with me scrounging off the pistol berm and I could a five gallon bucket in a few minutes every trip. It's closed for a year while it's renovated, and part of that was lead removal, so it may take a while for them to build that quantity up again. I RSO out there now and then, but don't shoot on it much anymore.

    There was a little stae run unsupervised range about 60 miles from me they closed down a couple of years ago. I drove out there about a year ago and they hadn't done anything to it except remove the benches and let it grow over. It's marked to stay out, but I could go in and mine lead no problem, there is a surprising amount on that berm, just not worth the trouble to me of driving that far and doing all that work.

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    When I lived in Topeka, the big range I was a member of there contracted to have the lead removed from their pistol range. It was like a big mining operation. One evening I looked at it, all the salvaged lead was in these big bags, each of which looked to me like it held a couple of 55 gallon drums full. I seem to remember more than a dozen of these bags on the ground at the time.
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    I think I might. I bought 2 55gal' drums of wheelweights a bunch of years ago, 1500#, 1800#, I don't remember the weight. I'm just starting to use it and I'm not quite 70, so I think I have enough.

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    For a long time I thought I had more than enough, between scrounging and non-casting buddies giving me lead, I pretty much slowed down the hunt to a crawl.

    Then I started loading a few rounds for a buddy with some very cool old English rifles. Then he kept pulling more out of the safe. And buying more cool old rifles(he's a doctor, he can afford such trifles).

    Well, we shoot together and I typically shoot half of all the ammo I load for his rifles.

    And I'm up to 50+ different calibers I'm casting/reloading for instead of the measly 10 or 15 for myself.

    And now I'm pretty sure I don't have enough lead to last me.

    Bummer.

    Back on the hunt for more lead so I can load for the newest to the flock, a 280 Ross.
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    This is my first post. I just started to get into casting, hence the new member status here, and i reached out to 4 tire garages local to me. Acquired approximately 900# of wheel weights. After hand sorting that lot, I was able to scrap the zinc/iron and steel and keep approximately 420# of lead. So far that cost me only $80. So once melted down i'm hoping to net around 350# which works out to 22 cents a lb. Not a bad haul.

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    Good job, and welcome to your new obsessions!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Helka View Post
    This is my first post. I just started to get into casting, hence the new member status here, and i reached out to 4 tire garages local to me. Acquired approximately 900# of wheel weights. After hand sorting that lot, I was able to scrap the zinc/iron and steel and keep approximately 420# of lead. So far that cost me only $80. So once melted down i'm hoping to net around 350# which works out to 22 cents a lb. Not a bad haul.
    Welcome to the forum, good job on the score. Remember to be careful with molten alloy, go slow, think before you start. Everything is hot all the time, good safety rule. Have plenty room to jump back out of the way if and when something bad happens.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hossfly View Post
    Welcome to the forum, good job on the score. Remember to be careful with molten alloy, go slow, think before you start. Everything is hot all the time, good safety rule. Have plenty room to jump back out of the way if and when something bad happens.
    Thanks. I read a lot online here and other sites as well as a ton of youtube videos to make sure i was well informed before starting. did three sessions and melting down only 50# worth of lead. Did my first casting session last night with my MP 359-125 mold and was very happy with it's performance. My lead wasn't quite hot enough. i had it set to 720 but noticed the HP wasn't filling in well enough at the tip so i'm going to up the temp to around 750-760 and check the results.

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    That’s what i run my PID at 750’ and I add the sprue back to the pot so as to not lose temp. Also keep ingots hot at edge of rim of 4-20 pot.

    Haven’t tapped into my big box of ingots yet still have 2000# in there. Been working on the excess on my casting table for past 3 weeks making 200 grain lee tc boolits for a 45 ACP and some 300 gr for the 45-70.

    Will have to sort and melt my latest bucket of ww. Soon but it getting to hot now in La. with the humidity and skeeters so may be this fall for replacement.
    "The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government..... When the people fear their government there is tyranny, when the government fears the people, there is liberty." Thomas Jefferson

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    I have a buddy that managed to scavenge 1200# of sheet lead. So we trade & along with the 1200# or so I have of varied alloys, I am set for at least 10y of shooting at 9-10K rds a year.
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    I think I can last a lifetime with what I have. 2 milk crates, one WW, one soft. Soft is COWW + known soft. Plus another 100+ lbs. of soft lead pipe or old stuff from Dad. Oh, yeah, lots of other alloy, like pewter, monotype and solder.
    One of my father's favorite statements: "If I say a chicken dips snuff, look under his wing for the snuffbox" How I was raised, who I am.

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    I keep finding huge stashes of lead all over but find myself helping out fellow casters in need so my supplies rise and fall constantly. But I want to keep at minimum 200lb of Lino/foundry/mono and 4-500lb of pure PB.

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    I bought a 55 gallon drum of linotype years back, not that I needed more lead.
    There are many printer type collector pieces in the lot, including cast artwork, big headline blocks.
    one of these days I'll actually sort through it all, conserving the best, using the text casts.
    Salvaging old Marlins is not a pasttime...it's a passion

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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