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Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Northern Berks County, PA
Re: New Guy Bullet Question
Be careful justifying melting lead for cost purposes.
Till you buy what you need to do it and buy lead, it adds up quick. And soft lead is even more challenging to get than other alloys....wheel weights and the like are too hard, generally speaking, for maxiballs.
I got real lucky and got a pile of x-ray sheeting, which by weight indicates about 98-99% lead purity (meaning it gives 98-99% of the expected weight that pure lead would for a given volume of the metal). And I got that lead stupid cheap, because I happened to be in the right place at the right time.
But I also have $40 in a propane fish fryer to melt said lead into ingot form, ingot molds, propane burned to do it, etc, and a lot of my own time.
Then there's a lead pot for melting the ingots and a mold for making projectiles. And so on.
I enjoy it, but it's not a quick return on the investment by any means. I started it not for money purposes, but because I didn't want to rely on a store for 0.600" balls for my rifle.