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Old March 15, 2018, 07:24 PM   #1
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Don't cha luv it....

...when the scrap yard guys throw some solder in the lead bin.

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Old March 15, 2018, 09:04 PM   #2
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Lucky you! I'd be tickled if they'd just let us have access to the lead bin. All of our scrapyards went all NO SALES TO THE PUBLIC about 4-5 years ago.
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Old March 16, 2018, 03:21 AM   #3
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I have a Doe Run secondary smelter about ten miles from me - I never see wheel weights anymore.
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Old March 17, 2018, 03:20 PM   #4
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I've just located a source for lead wheel weights for $.40 a pound. Gonna get them while the gettings good.

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Old March 17, 2018, 10:46 PM   #5
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Fourty cents?! Mail me some!!
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Old March 18, 2018, 10:20 PM   #6
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Get it while it's hot.

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I, through no work of my own, have gained access to an LEO training facility (0-400 yd) with easily-mined backstops, steel targets, and bullet trap dumps all over the place.

At this point, the place feels like it contains an unending supply of range lead. I go with my brothers, when we have the time.
Bullet trap dumps could easily provide 100+ lbs in 10 minutes, per dump (six? total), at least twice a year. So far, we've left them alone, because there's so much powder and oxide in the mix.
Steel target "splatter mounds" have plenty of lead, but we've avoided them thus far.
The berms are where we spend most of our time. Although some people would balk at the job, we run about 20 lbs per hour, per person, and the bullets we're picking up are, literally, hand-picked.

Take four people and spend just half an hour or so picking gems out of the berm, and there's 40 lbs of raw range scrap in the back of the truck.
I can't imagine how much we'd get if we actually screened the dirt...
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Old March 23, 2018, 09:22 AM   #7
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Even better. The wheel weights appear to be new, never used. I suspect that they've sat on the shelf someplace since NY state banned the shops from installing the lead ones. AND, looks like they may have come from a truck shop since most of them are huge, which raises the lead-to-steel-clip ratio in my favor. Got 90 pounds this week, going back for more next week.

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Old March 23, 2018, 10:23 AM   #8
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I think those who reside in small towns are likely to see that happen. (recycle yard bought) Those others like me who reside in larger populate areas are more likely to buy their lead from a individual seller. Rather than be told: NO! at the junk yard service counter having waited a 1/2 hour behind some other buying a radio knob for his wifes supercharged mudder truck.

Depending on how much solder? Would garner my tickled'ness. Pounds of: falling down type of overwhelmingly tickled.
Ounces: Ah! maybe a fleeting grin if that.
Even so I'm happy for you USSR. Don't see that happening much as those recycle auto yards are not rookies when it comes to sorting metals having value.
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Old March 23, 2018, 06:31 PM   #9
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I love finding tin or solder for a deal. I don't know why, because I probably have enough to make about 10 tons of bullets, but I just like finding it and still buy it whenever I see it for cheap.
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Old April 17, 2018, 08:45 PM   #10
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My scrap yard does trades so I bring in cans and walk out with all manner of lead depending what they have on hand. They also get buckets of range brass from time to time.
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Old April 18, 2018, 01:55 PM   #11
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Beagle I think you are high lighting the illness that is reloading and casting.
"Oooh look lead, I already have enough to last me 300 years......yup, better take it home.."
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