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Posted: 3/19/2013 1:35:40 PM EDT
I am having a hard time finding any wheel weight lead. Apparently everyone and their brother asks for it at the tire places. Is there someplace you can order lead on the Internet?
Link Posted: 3/19/2013 1:42:51 PM EDT
Brad at Missouri Bullets has 2/6/92 alloy , you can watch castboolits been a bit of range lead floating through there
Link Posted: 3/19/2013 2:24:16 PM EDT
Sometimes you can find a good deal on Ebay.

Mostly it's way overpriced, though.

Link Posted: 3/19/2013 6:32:13 PM EDT
Check Your local recycler, that's where My friend gets all His.
Link Posted: 3/20/2013 4:50:33 AM EDT
Watch Castboolits swap & sell forum
Link Posted: 3/20/2013 6:09:24 AM EDT
Good luck man, I am in the same situation

I got lucky and a buddy had a gallon bucket full he gave me

but after sorting and smelting I ended up with only 5lbs of usable alloy

almost the whole bucket was Zinc


after I use up the 45ish pounds I have I dont know what I will do
Link Posted: 3/20/2013 7:24:30 AM EDT
Well crap lol. Wonder what it goes for at the recyclers?
Link Posted: 3/20/2013 7:35:33 AM EDT
I called a local recycler and they will NOT sell it. I was gonna recycle it.
Link Posted: 3/20/2013 7:58:01 AM EDT
I've never had any luck at tire places or at the recycling place (they can't, won't, don't want to sell it to you). Place a want ad on craigslist, I mine own lead from the berms at the gun range.
Link Posted: 3/20/2013 9:06:12 AM EDT
Originally Posted By beakerello:
I've never had any luck at tire places or at the recycling place (they can't, won't, don't want to sell it to you). Place a want ad on craigslist, I mine own lead from the berms at the gun range.


Sir, I've had the same experience at the scrap metal dealer where I sell my old brass. They only want to buy scrap metal, they don't want to bother with the sale of small lots of scrap to individuals.

For the OP, I've had good luck at a local auto repair shop where I take my cars for minor work, tires, state inspection etc. When I want some WW I just take an empty coffee can with me and the shop manager lets me fill it up. I've got four vehicles so I guess I go there frequently. It helps if they know you. HTH, 7zero1.

Link Posted: 3/20/2013 9:32:35 AM EDT
I just called Skagit River Recycling, .75 cents a pound, I asked how much they have, "A shitload" was the response.
Link Posted: 3/20/2013 12:39:33 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Slayfan21:
Good luck man, I am in the same situation

I got lucky and a buddy had a gallon bucket full he gave me

but after sorting and smelting I ended up with only 5lbs of usable alloy

almost the whole bucket was Zinc


after I use up the 45ish pounds I have I dont know what I will do


If you find the right recycling center, they will buy the zinc weights.

I have seen people on the castboolit forum offer to buy zinc wheel weights. Apparently some casters use them to make large cannon balls.

Link Posted: 3/20/2013 1:08:23 PM EDT
Originally Posted By RIPRonReagan:
Originally Posted By Slayfan21:
Good luck man, I am in the same situation

I got lucky and a buddy had a gallon bucket full he gave me

but after sorting and smelting I ended up with only 5lbs of usable alloy

almost the whole bucket was Zinc


after I use up the 45ish pounds I have I dont know what I will do


If you find the right recycling center, they will buy the zinc weights.

I have seen people on the castboolit forum offer to buy zinc wheel weights. Apparently some casters use them to make large cannon balls.



there are a couple guys on castboolits that will trade lead for zinc
Link Posted: 3/20/2013 2:28:14 PM EDT
Originally Posted By pmc1:
Watch Castboolits swap & sell forum



This and ebay are my main sources. Sometimes i get lucky at a local tire place. I look on the ground every where I go for weighs. Redlights, stop signs and curblines.
Link Posted: 3/20/2013 3:24:49 PM EDT
I haven't tried them yet, but these guys have several alloys to choose from; http://www.rotometals.com/Bullet-Casting-Alloys-s/5.htm
Link Posted: 3/20/2013 3:44:35 PM EDT
Originally Posted By ChevelleDave:
I just called Skagit River Recycling, .75 cents a pound, I asked how much they have, "A shitload" was the response.


Well, lead is trading at roughly $0.96 per pound on the London Metals Exchange. Lead at $0.75 is a good deal if you needed it.

jonblack

Link Posted: 3/20/2013 6:23:05 PM EDT
Originally Posted By TxSoldier:
I am having a hard time finding any wheel weight lead. Apparently everyone and their brother asks for it at the tire places. Is there someplace you can order lead on the Internet?


I'd hit eBay. You can get wheelweights for around $1.50 delivered which is less than HALF what you'll pay for commercial cast bullets. I'm afraid the days of free lead are loooong gone, so suck it up and pay a little!
Link Posted: 3/20/2013 7:25:36 PM EDT
Link Posted: 3/20/2013 7:34:35 PM EDT
Originally Posted By jonblack:
Originally Posted By ChevelleDave:
I just called Skagit River Recycling, .75 cents a pound, I asked how much they have, "A shitload" was the response.


Well, lead is trading at roughly $0.96 per pound on the London Metals Exchange. Lead at $0.75 is a good deal if you needed it.

jonblack



Wheel weights are not equal to lead... #1 you have about 20-25% waste in melting them down into ingots. #2 You have the effort in sorting, fuel cost in melting, and effort in making the ingots and you're left with a somewhat "unknown" alloy of lead in the end. FWIW, last I checked about a week ago local scrap yard was buying clean wheel weights at $.30/lb, dirty/mix wheel-weights at the price of the lowest value metal found in the bin (likely zinc or steel depending how nice he is).

Also, the good sources are still out there if you know the right people. I've got connections to 2 different shops. One is a semi-truck tire shop (I won't say where) that gives me wheel weights at no charge. I occasionally tip the guy in whatever he wants. Most recently he wants 22 ammo. I'm going to make use of this source hard because the sources are drying up fast. The other source is an auto tire shop. They have a large bin of weights that I've tried to buy but they won't sell it. They will only sell a bucket or 2 at a time. Price depends who you talk to. One guy just rings it up at $25/bucket as a misc charge. Another guy just makes up arbitrary numbers (got screwed by him once), and another guy insists on weighing them out and calling the scrap yard to see what their price is on that day. The things that peeves me about this is that sometimes he says "wheel weights" on the phone and others he says "lead". When he says lead I know its gonna be expensive because scrappers buy lead at much higher price than mix wheel-weights. This is still a good source, but the variable pricing has put it as my backup source since finding the truck-weight source. The truck weights are big too, up to 8 oz. per weight. The last 5 gallon bucket I got (4" down from the top) tipped the scale at 154lb which should yield a good 120lb of WW ingots.

Ultimately, it all boils down to connections. Some random guy off the street is going to have a harder time finding a source. But when you know the guy behind the counter personally, and you've been buying your tires there for decades, it's much easier to strike up a deal and often times the better you know him the better the deal is. All that can go out the window pretty quickly though when one of the guys working in the shop figures out that he can cast bullets really cheap and he starts hoarding all the lead...
Link Posted: 3/20/2013 8:09:27 PM EDT
keep an eye on the EE
Link Posted: 3/20/2013 9:03:57 PM EDT
Originally Posted By angus6:
Originally Posted By RIPRonReagan:
Originally Posted By Slayfan21:
Good luck man, I am in the same situation

I got lucky and a buddy had a gallon bucket full he gave me

but after sorting and smelting I ended up with only 5lbs of usable alloy

almost the whole bucket was Zinc


after I use up the 45ish pounds I have I dont know what I will do


If you find the right recycling center, they will buy the zinc weights.

I have seen people on the castboolit forum offer to buy zinc wheel weights. Apparently some casters use them to make large cannon balls.



there are a couple guys on castboolits that will trade lead for zinc


hmmm Might have to save them till I get enough to really mess with
Link Posted: 3/20/2013 9:50:07 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/20/2013 9:50:41 PM EDT by tbonifie]
The problem I have with buying lead at places like rotometals is that the cost is high enough that it makes better sense just to buy cast bullets instead of casting them yourself. Of course, I'm only casting to save money, if it's cheaper to buy them, I'll just buy them.

I've had moderately good luck trolling the castboolits forum for the last few years and getting stuff a bit cheaper.
Link Posted: 3/20/2013 10:28:16 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/20/2013 10:29:57 PM EDT by RIPRonReagan]
I started casting in 2009 and i've built up (what seems like) a lifetime supply of lead at around $.50-.60/lb. Deals are out there, but you have to be patient. I bought 9 of the 31.5# isotope cores locally a few weeks ago for $180 cash. That's 280lbs of top notch product for $180. A minor score for sure. I wasn't even looking for lead but I had to jump on the deal.

KEEP YOUR EYES OPEN and you'll find something.

Let everyone you know that may have connections that you're interested in buying lead.

Scoring lead for a good price is like planting a garden. It takes time but it's worth the effort.
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