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August 7, 2009, 04:40 PM
I recently came across a few hundred pounds of wheel weights . One
place wanted $1.00 a pound and the other wanted .40 cents per pound.
About what is the normal price for them ?


August 7, 2009, 05:19 PM
Wheel weights are scrap and an alloy. The market price for pure lead is available online.

August 7, 2009, 05:21 PM
i get wheel weights all the time and pay 20 bucks for a bucket around 200 or 225 pounds.

August 8, 2009, 12:02 AM
Thanks for the info. Is it a Real Big bucket ?
I get them in a 5 gallon plastic bucket and when you get about 85-90 lbs
the handle bends and will sometimes rip off.

August 9, 2009, 04:08 PM
1.00 a pound is high. I would not pay ANY MORE than that. 40 cents a pound is good. 10 cents a pound is great. 3 cents a pound (what I pay) is excellent. A good way to figure if it is a good price is to figure out what weight boolit you are casting and figure out how many boolits you can make with it. Then compare that to the price of commercial bullets. That should give you a better idea if it is a good price. A good price for one person may not be a good price for another. Depends on how much money you intend to save through pouring your own.

August 9, 2009, 04:27 PM
i get around 4,000 rds of bullets per 20 buck bucket..... which i figure the wheel weights originally weighed around 200 lbs.

August 10, 2009, 01:06 AM

You get 190 pounds of clips out of a 200 pound bucked of WW. Ouch. You need to go to a different tire shop.:eek::eek:

August 10, 2009, 02:24 AM
I recently did a quick calculation of this.

Spot price for lead commodity contract is about 70 cents per pound. You can buy hasrd cast lead bullets from $2.50 - .$3.00 per pound.

For me, that means I don't want to pay any more than $1/lb for raw lead since I would have to put in some work as well. Buying lead ingots from online places like Midway will be close to $3/lb just for the lead alloy.

Anything below $0.70/lb is a great deal, and under $0.10/lb is fantastic.

August 10, 2009, 04:50 PM
.03/pound? I'll take 500 lbs tony! lol

August 10, 2009, 06:09 PM
You already got your free lead for the year. You gotta wait till the next fiscal year! :D

August 10, 2009, 09:23 PM
Around here its about .25/lb for wheel weights max if you go right to a tire shop.

August 11, 2009, 07:13 PM
seems that most of the shops around here have someone that is already buying the WW or will not sell them. called all my local scrape yards and found one with some lead. payed 30 cent a pound and i got 169 pounds. they had 400 pounds. i didnt think that many people around here cast their own bullets, but it seems so..


August 11, 2009, 07:31 PM
dale, go back and get the rest. 30 cents a pound ain't bad. WWs are getting harder and harder to find...for some. ;):D:o

August 11, 2009, 07:36 PM
lol i bought all i could afford at the monment. lol some people have all the luck finding WW..... lolol


Uncle Billy
August 11, 2009, 07:44 PM
I needed about 250 pounds of lead to put under the front of a Volkswagen-based kit car I was fooling around with, to even out the weight distribution. I bought a pile of scrapped lead armored cable covering and melted it down into a couple of square ingots which I bolted just behind the front suspension. I paid $10 for about 250 pounds of the conduit covering. I have no idea what sort of alloy it might have been, or how suitable it might be for bullets. It would probably be okay for BP balls and bullets, but might be too soft for modern projectiles. I didn't test it for hardness, all it had to be was heavy and it was that, for sure.

August 11, 2009, 08:04 PM
not sure what you meant okie... but... 4,000 rds is what i get from a 200 pound bucket of wheel weights... and they weigh alot more for the 4,000 rds than ten pounds.

August 12, 2009, 10:11 PM
This will give you an idea what scrap dealers can get.
Last week I took my aluminum cans to a scrap yard and they were paying 10 cents a pound for lead but would not sell lead. They said they were not licensed to sell. Possible I guess depending on the type of business license they have. The last three 5 gallon buckets I got were free. You have to be very persistant and keep asking.

August 24, 2009, 06:11 PM
I took the day off today. While I was out running around I took my Homer 5 gal bucket with me. I stopped at a Midas auto center and asked if they could spare some old wheel weights. HE asked what I needed them for and I told him I cast lead bullets and fishing sinkers. He said sure, take all you want. I left with two five gallon buckets. He even gave me the buckets. Heavy as hell, but I wasn't gonna leave them there. That should hold me awhile.:) I haven't had to pay for wheel weights yet. They are hard to come by in most situations. Most of the big name tire shops say they recycle them. Citywaterman

August 25, 2009, 10:30 PM
I scored on 3 FULL 5-gal buckets today. Figured I got between 500-600 lbs for a fairly reasonable price. Could have had two more but didn't have the cash for them.

Only problem with the score was I probably got over 150 lbs of stick-on weights which I have little use for right now. After sorting out the first 100 pounds of weights, I think I ended up with only about 1/2 dozen weights made out of Fe or Zn, less than 2 lbs.

If anybody wants some stick-on weights, I am open to offers on them. I could probably part with up to about 100 pounds without hurting my position any.