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Good sources for lead?

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by atakawow, Apr 28, 2011.

  1. atakawow


    Jan 19, 2009
    Seattle, WA
    Where do you folks acquire your lead?

    I've been to every auto/tire shops within a 10 mile radius of where I live and couldn't find jack. They either don't sell their used ones or someone else has beaten me to it first.

    I also contacted three local scrap yards and they all gave me the same answer, "we can no longer carry lead." :dunno:

    The local outdoor range won't let me mine the berms.

    I've looked at the prices of lead online and it is ridiculous. If I have to resort to paying close to two bucks for a pound of lead, I'd rather not cast my own at all as it is not very cost-effective.

    What else can I do?
  2. Angry Fist

    Angry Fist Dehumanizer® Lifetime Member

    Dec 30, 2009
    Hellbilly Hill
    Already banned in WA, right?

  3. atakawow


    Jan 19, 2009
    Seattle, WA
    Apparently. Only zinc now in WWs. :dunno:
  4. GioaJack

    GioaJack Conifer Jack

    Apr 14, 2009
    Conifer, CO
    Find a large group of government workers standing around, great source of lead... their asses are full of it.

    Then again if you're in Washington state take a trip to some boat repair yards. Sailboats use lead ballast in the keels... I use to get an almost endless supply in Florida. They get real heavy though and you pretty much need a torch to cut up the big ones.

    If you drive a Prius you'll only be able to transport three or four ounces at a time. :whistling:

  5. white-rhyno


    Mar 21, 2011
    Wanna make the drive to ellensburg?
    I got close to a 20+lb chunck ill trade ya for something cool.
    Its clean.
    Let me know
  6. dbarry

    dbarry Silver Member

    Feb 15, 2010
    the Buckeye state
    Ask your friends, family, coworkers if they know (older - you know, like jack) folks that were in the plumbing or steamfitting trade. These guys use to do a lot of cast iron pipe work and a LOT of lead was used for joints. These guys have BUNCHES of lead ingots in their garages, sheds, barns.
  7. shotgunred

    shotgunred local trouble maker

    Mar 1, 2008
    Washington (the state)
    How much do you want? I have local sources.
    Check out junk yards.
  8. atakawow


    Jan 19, 2009
    Seattle, WA
    Thanks, I'll look into the boat yards. Also, I can get more poundage out of my Prius than your mule carriage.
  9. GIockGuy24

    GIockGuy24 Bring M&M's

    Jul 14, 2005
    With Amber Lamps
    Plumbing wholesale suppliers sell it but it's not cheap.
  10. fredj338


    Dec 22, 2004
    AYour are right, @ $2/#, I am not casting, not worth it except for specialty bullets. At $2/#, that means 1000, 200gr/45 would run me about $59. I can get them delivered to my door for $70. It takes about 3hrs to cast & lube 1000 bullets w/ a 6cav mold & BP pot. So to save $11 I have to put in wuite a bit of time.
    Cheap ww are going to be gone very, very soon. In the socialist states like ours, they are already a thing of the past. Other sources, as noted, boating/diving/fishing operations, plumbing, contractors that demo old roofs, check hospital X-ray places for isatope containers, stained glass shops or classes for the lead came. Reclaimed shot makes nice bullets to if yo ucan find it cheap. There are guys selling alloy on CastBoolit forum & e-bay. Caution w/ the E-bay sellers, some have no idea what they are selling which means you have no idea what you are buying. Then there is always berm mining. If you find a good source, work it, get all you can, it's going away sooner than later.
    Last edited: Apr 28, 2011
  11. bush pilot

    bush pilot

    Jan 29, 2004
    Drive around to all the Starbucks and take the wheel weights off the cars with Obama bumper stickers. In Seattle you should have a lifetime supply. If you get caught tell them you're just doing what Barry would want.
  12. ...except they use Fe or ZN weights now. For the children you know.

    Really though, you can trade processed brass for lead ingots fairly easily. I traded 700 pieces of 30-06 for 60# of 'smelted' ingots recently, arrived via USPS prepaid box. I can only imagine what the delivery person was thinking.
    Last edited: Apr 28, 2011
  13. atakawow


    Jan 19, 2009
    Seattle, WA
    :rofl: Next time you find yourself in Seattle, go for a drive on Broadway. Best time to visit the street is early morning (when the grass eating hippies roam the street), or past night time, between 2am - 5am (when the she wannabes roam the street in large groups).
  14. bush pilot

    bush pilot

    Jan 29, 2004
    Grass eating or grass smoking? Seattle's fun to visit, the best part of SEA is the I-90 on ramp headed to Spokane.