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August 26, 2009, 07:32 PM
A guy at work just gave me a belt of lead.....50 lbs of it. It is soft lead and scratches with my finger nail.

Here is a pic:


Now I need to come up with some tin or other hardener.

Note the quarter in the center.

August 26, 2009, 07:42 PM
That's great. How will you melt these large pieces of lead? Cut it down to a reasonable size? If there's a will, there's a way. That's a lot of bullets. Citywaterman

August 26, 2009, 08:01 PM
I've been trying to figure that one out myself. They are too big for my pot, my see if I can cut them on a band saw or something.....may just get one of those cast iron pots and melt them down on the grill burner.

August 26, 2009, 08:45 PM
I know how I would get those cut up into smaller pieces. I would use my cutting torch. If you do this, be EXTREMELY, EXTREMELY careful NOT to breath fumes and of course wear protective gear from head to toe. It would cut so fast you could probably hold your breath. I would definately have a strong fan pushing the fumes away. BUT, I have never done it before so I am not commenting from experience. I'm sure someone will come along who has tried it and may be able to comment from experience. And yes, a cutting torch will get lead hot enough to make fumes.....

August 26, 2009, 08:50 PM
use an axe...or woodsplitter... i have cut two inch thick peices with a single blade axe.

August 26, 2009, 10:11 PM
A mapp gas torch will make short work of it. I use a small mapp gas bottle torch to melt down some ingots that are on the top of my pot.

Tex S
August 26, 2009, 10:21 PM
Dude... thats a weight belt for diving. Sell it to your local dive shop and take the money and buy 10x's as much lead. Dive belts aren't cheap. I work in the swimming pool industry and I think I paid $50 for a belt nowhere near as nice as yours. Mine only has two 8lb. weights too. It is also very possible the dive shop ripped me off!!!!

But I seriously think that belt is worth some cash, and at 56lbs. it is heavy enough to sink a damn elephant! I weigh 220 and 16 pounds drops me like a rock.

August 26, 2009, 10:29 PM
Skill saw or a miter saw is about the easiest way I've come across for chopping lead

August 26, 2009, 10:47 PM
I'm with Tex S. Sell that belt or those weights and buy two fifty pound boxes of WW ingots. The twelve pound dive weights sell for $26.99 each at Leisure Pro. http://www.leisurepro.com/Prod/CategoryID_961/Context_954/Sort_Stock/DescSort_0/AQULW.html?Hit=1

You can buy the ingots for $45.00/box(including shipping) from clintsfolly at Cast Boolits.

Tex S
August 27, 2009, 07:58 PM
But I seriously think that belt is worth some cash, and at 56lbs.

I meant 48lbs. It was past my bedtime last night.

August 27, 2009, 11:17 PM
I did post it over on a diving forum and most said it was too heavy and they are cheap....very cheap, so I'll just hang on to it and see what turns up. I don't have to melt it down today, I can always do it tomorrow. :D

August 28, 2009, 07:40 AM
I would buy a bigger pot. I bought this six quart dutch oven at Harbor Freight for $12. It will hold all four of those weights at the same time.