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Jackpot mining the berms today

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by norton, Jun 7, 2014.

  1. Early on this fine Saturday morning, I made my weekly visit to the outdoor club where I shoot. The local Sheriff's dept. had been using the pistol range last week.
    I was surprised the bay I normally shoot had few bullets to be had.
    Before leaving I noticed one of the bays that gets very little use had obviously been fired on.
    Bullets everywhere. And nice big jacketed .45 acp bullets with lots of lead inside.
    Hardly anyone at my club shoots jacketed bullets. Too cheap like me I guess. We are mostly lead and plated bullet shooters.
    Not the local gendarme. They fire that expensive store bought stuff. :supergrin:
     
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  2. SJ 40

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    The only thing better than a big pile of scrap range lead is the big pile of shiny cast bullets it will provide you with. SJ 40
     


  3. njl

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    But you missed out on their brass?
     
  4. ranger1968

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    That's what I was wondering....

    That good, once fired Federal/ Speer /Winchester LE brass....
     
  5. ranger1968

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    Yeah but on the LE qualification days you can usually score on both.
     
  6. dkf

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    The only thing I really like about the .45acp is finding the big chunks of lead from them in the berm. Finding the cast boolets are my favorite but the plated are more than fine. Mixed in with a load of jacketed lead, the cast and plated make the lead hard enough to use as is.
     
  7. They either "policed" their brass, or somebody else got it. .45 acp brass is almost never left on the ground at my range.
     
  8. Angry Fist

    Angry Fist The Original® Lifetime Member

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    I need to get in on this action. My range is a 45 minute drive, though. Norton, are you still using that red mesh metal trash can thing to seperate the dirt?
     
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  9. fredj338

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    Good score. I mine the berm as often as I can, best after rainy days.
     
  10. No, that was someone else. I use a three prong garden cultivator and drop them in a kitty litter jug. We are warned not to "dig" into the berms, so I just scrape dirt along the top.
     
  11. marvin

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    Now I know why I'm not finding as much lead. Norton has it all.

    free men own guns slaves dont
     
  12. We must be the only two looking for lead in the berms. I never see anyone else doing it.
     
  13. fredj338

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    There is so much lead bs around, many are afraid to shoot them, Even more afraid to cast them. Get as much as you can, it gets tougher to find free every year. If I had 2000#, it would not be enough, Jack would have backed me up on that.:supergrin:
     
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  14. SJ 40

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    Yes Jack would have, so in his honor I will. SJ 40
     
  15. fredj338

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    Seriously though, the way the EPA is going, getting lead will become harder & harder. The lead ww is becoming extinct, lead roofing & plumbing, pretty much gone. So I collect where ever I can, but don't waste a lot of time or gas doing it. Keep your ears open, ask when you meet someone that may have a connection. Almost any lead based alloy can be made into bullets.if it dents/scratches, it will cast.
     
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  16. marvin

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    well to tell the truth i only give a good looking over when i have the kids with me. my back just doesn't like it
     
  17. Gunnut 45/454

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    My brother did some hard core mining at a very well used public range a few years back. It yielded after a few DAYS of smelting, 500 plus pounds of casting lead- nice little Lee 1 lb ingots! And $90 of copper! The copper went to the recycler for the cash and all those ingots reside under my reloading bench! I now have all the lead I'll need for casting . Problem now is getting enough powder to send them back down range! And I cast for EVERY firearm I own!:supergrin:
     
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  18. fredj338

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    500# is good start, but never enough, especially if you are shooing big bores.
     
  19. ejs54

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    Very nice score indeed! I don't have minable berms where I shoot, or those that do are usually FMJ's but I can appreciate the thrill of the find. I don't cast my own either. My best score so far was ~250 once fired PMC .223 brass....with the boxes laying off to the side too. As if they knew I was coming.

    (it's a small/ slow range and was there for hours before visiting that bay; wanted to make sure said shooter wasn't intending to claim)