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Old April 18, 2010, 10:29 AM   #1
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Since the rumors about lead WW use being phased out, I'm becoming more determined to get all I can while I can. So on a whim I stopped by the one and only tire shop here locally... The deal was if I bring empty buckets to change theirs out with, I can take the full ones. I loaded easily 400 lbs of WW's into by truck yesterday--and all it cost me was a few empty buckets. Good-lord, I'm gonna have one hell of a melting session!

So I guess (in order to keep this from being a 1-post thread)... That moves me to wonder... In other threads I've seen and posted, the question has come up more than a few times about how much ammo, powder, primer, etc you keep as a minimum par. So...How much lead do you keep on hand for casting at any given time? I have about 65 lbs. in ingot form and about 500 lbs (now) that I still have to melt down.
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Old April 18, 2010, 10:55 AM   #2
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When I get down to 2-300 pounds in ingot form I get a little worried. I collect lead all the time, but will only smelt when I get 4-500 pounds of WWs.
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Old April 18, 2010, 11:40 AM   #3
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I keep around 400 lbs of lead in ignot form on hand at any given time. When I get to 100 pounds, I make it a priority to re-stock.
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Old April 18, 2010, 12:38 PM   #4
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I worry `bout runnin low all the time !!!!& scrounge when I can !!!

I use to get 120 lbs from a 5 gal bucket , now between the stems , labels & zinc weights I`m lucky to get 80 lbs. & I spent my share on beer & pizza for the guys to keep the WW in the buckets !!!

I now buy isotope lead for castin it`s cleaner & has a very consistent alloy content & is a some what steady supply for now .

http://www.fellingfamily.net/isolead/index.html
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Old April 19, 2010, 01:52 PM   #5
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Well when this pile gets down around half this size, I MAY get worried!



There's more here;



That's on it's way home to my casting bench.

It was all range bullet trap lead;



Here's the smelter;

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Old April 19, 2010, 09:42 PM   #6
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500#? Merely 35,000 100 gr. bullets Wish I had that kind of stockpile
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Old April 20, 2010, 12:00 AM   #7
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^^Well, some of em are 170 to 200 gr. casts... So probably only about 20,000

Nice stash, Snuffy!
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