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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-26-2012, 10:13 PM Thread Starter
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Looking for lead

Anyone have an idea where I can pick up lead in SW PA. Mainly Washington, Greene, and Fayette county. I know in general where to look but I am trying to find specific places. Like garages that will give or sell cheap wheel weights. hehe I know a caster won't give out his secrets but it doesn't hurt to ask. lol
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-26-2012, 10:51 PM
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Re: Looking for lead

Seek and ye shall find. You are on the right track, stop by local garages and tire centers. That is the best way to find wheel weights.
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Re: Looking for lead

Stop at every tire shop you come by. I had a reliable source where I could get a five gallon bucket about every month. Then they decided to not sell them anymore because they trade them in when they get new weights. I offered to pay what they got in trade but the answer was still no. Luckily, I managed to get enough for a few lifetimes before they dried up. Watch for Zinc weights, they can mess up your entire melt. The last few buckets I got had a lot of zinc and steel weights in them.
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post #4 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-29-2012, 06:08 PM
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try scuba shops, if you have any in the area they should sell 2-3-5 and lb weights some are blocks and some are bags with shot in it, I believe they are all lead. Hope that helps
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post #5 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-30-2012, 06:37 PM
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Re: Looking for lead

Some Scrap yards sell lead, the last time I bought I belive it was $0.48 a pound.
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post #6 of 11 (permalink) Old 02-01-2012, 12:11 AM
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Re: Looking for lead

yeah I did a little digging it looks like you can get lead for pretty cheap to almost free. Just ask around to some local auto shops and junkyards.

If an inline is just like a flintlock why don't you get a flintlock so you can hunt more seasons?
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post #7 of 11 (permalink) Old 02-01-2012, 10:44 AM
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Hopefully I am out of the lead-scavenging quest for a while. I built a bullet trap, mine is the metal clam shell type, but I have seen several on-line plywood boxes filled with rubber mulch, that seem to work very well. I have been recycling all my pistol bullets for over a year now.
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post #8 of 11 (permalink) Old 02-01-2012, 03:09 PM
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If you go to tire shops to get wheel weight you should check out some videos on youtube on on how to seperate them.You basically melt the lead down and pour it into ingots and the steel or zinc weights you can spoon out.because lead has a lower melting point than the other 2.spoon out the other 2 before pouring the ingots i should be clear about that.I think lead melts around 625 degrees F

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post #9 of 11 (permalink) Old 02-02-2012, 07:24 PM
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Another source for lead might be some of the old commercial fisherman up here on Lk Erie - since they banned gillnets on Lk Erie. some of the old comm. fisherman might have lead laying around that they would salvage from there old nets. because they cannot even posess the nets now - so they would have cut up the nets to comply with the law - but kept the solid lead sinkers...
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If you can't seem to find any for free check out ebay there are people selling ingots and wheel weights for right about a dollar a pound.

If an inline is just like a flintlock why don't you get a flintlock so you can hunt more seasons?
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