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Haven't had much luck finding wheelweights locally. I was offered some for a price and was wondering what a good price would be. Last time I got them I payed .03 a pound. Here in Wyoming there is no disposal fee and these places seem to want to hang onot wheelweights. Any other thoughts on possible sources for cheap lead?
 

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for 3 cents a pound Id buy em. I get most of mine for free but the salvage yards around here want 20cents a pound for them.
 

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I pay $10 a five gallon bucket to places that sell them that way which seems to be about 6 cents a pound. One joint boxes them neatly in 50 pound boxes and charges $5 a box, but they also throw in the occasional extra box "just to make sure you get full weight".

Considering what the WW is worth when I get them into bullets, I am not minded to haggle over those prices. I have about 1000 pounds on hand and would not mind doubling that as a hedge against the possibility the government will make them impossible to get.
 

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I had them priced for $15 a five gallon bucket and it seemed a little high but if that's the going price here I'll have to pay it. I guess it beats the alternative of ordering it and paying shipping.
 

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I get mine for 35 cents a pound from the local scrap yard. I thought it was a good deal but it seems everyone else is saving more than I am. Heck, it still beats jacketed or factory made cast bullets. My 45 Colt and 308 come to around 1.3 to 1.8 cents per bullet - not bad. If I had the money I guess I'd like to have pure lead, tin or other metals but the WW's are fine for now.
 

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A offer of beer for wheel weight seems to be the best value. The guys, of leagal age of course seem to really warm up to a 12 pack of cold beer for a bucket of warm wheel weights. Especially in the summer time about 5 oclock. :toast:
 

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A62Rambler,

$0.03/pound is a pretty dang good price!!! But if that supplier is done, then I guess you will have to pay what the person can get recyling them. I pay between $10 and $12 for a FULL 5-gallon bucket. The bucket will have anywhere from 150 to 175 (heaped to the max!!) pounds of wheel weights. That equates to 5.5 to 8 cents per pound depending on bucket weight and price. I consider that fair. Since I shoot my bullets at my private range, I can recyle what bullets I dig up or find laying on the ground. That also helps with the price of the lead. Good-luck...BCB
 

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I'd been paying $20 for a 5 gallon bucket, but that tire shop no longer sells there ww's :( So, I've been trading with shooting buddies, and one buddy scored 6 buckets for me :lol: and I'm in the process of making up 600 bullets for his source that scored the ww's. Turns out his sources source shoots a 44, so I'll have another option of trading.

If you can get ww's for .03 a pound, buy as many as you can get!
 

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I just bought two 5 gal buckets full for $30 ($15 each) . Just this afternoon I finished transforming the first bucket into ingots. One bucket produced 132 one pound ingots, that and two large coffe cans of clips and dross.

Near as I can figure that comes out to about 11.37 cents a pound. Not counting time and propane. Speaking of propane, I melted this bach on my NEW WALLY WORLD turky fryer. Cost was about $48 and tax. Did a very good job and it came with a nice new 10 qt cast iron pot that will be used for the next bucket of WW's. I debated a while as to if I wanted to ruin it for cooking and decided that I would seeing that it did not come with a lid. My current pot is only a 5 or 6 qt pot. The larger one should allow me to reduce a bucket of WW's to ingots in 3 melts rather then two.

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Here's an idea for you...

Buy a couple of sinker moulds and offer the gas statipon guys sinkers for lead. I haven't had to buy lead in years. Seems like most of the guys either fish or collect sinkers.
 

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Just bought another five buckets from my tire guy for ten bucks a bucket, didn't seem to bend my springs as much as usual so now I'm keepin' track. Cleaned up they amounted to two buckets FULL o' ww w/clips plus a half gallon. I'll be smeltin' soon and testing out my new old hardware store bed scale.

This batch, I'll know the real price/lb and so will you. 'Course, the fun of minor alchemy is worth somethin' too in my book.

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been fortunate and have allways found them for free Ill drop of a 12 pack once in a while or load a box of ammo up for one of the service guys. Linotype is a different animal though I usually buy what ever i can find and dont worry to much about the price. Soon there isnt going to be any left to buy
 

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I too get all the W.W I want for free. Last time i got some i got 5 -5 gal buckets full that was about 2 years ago and still have some left.
 

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I usually trade ammo for wheelweights. I hadn't thought about trading beer, but I bet it would work here as well.
 

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My tire guy (Here in Pittsburgh) used to give 'em to me for free. (I think He actually had to pay someone to get rid of 'em.) The last time that I asked for some (and bought 4 new tires) they charged me $15 for a 5 gal. bucket full. I really didn't even need them, but that doesnt seem to be too bad of a price. I also picked up two 5 gallon buckets of lino from a guy that was going to use them for sinkers. (traded him one bucket of pure lead)
That was a great deal I thought. :eek:
 

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I happened to be checking a garage sale a few weeks back and I bought an old skin divers weight belt. My best guess is that there was 30 lbs in those pockets that looks to be wheel weight lead by my hardness test. I paid a buck for the belt. You find stuff in the most strangest places. :grin:
 

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my mechanic gives me them for free. i assumed by his reaction that it was just another hassle for him to deal with. he was glad to be rid of them. i would bet that if i went to 5 mechanics in my area, i would get all 5 to give me their wheel weights. i must be fortunate in my area.
 

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WELL, my 5 buckets of WW from my tire guy smelted down to 240 pounds of muffin ingots today at just about twenny cents a pound! I figgered I was payin' ten cents/lb but how much is an afternoon of smeltin' worth anyways - now I'm set fer a while.

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ten cents per five gallon bucket of wheel weights is the comon price around here,
check marine salvage yards also Ive bought several thousand lbs that were on sail boat keels from marine salvage yards dirt cheap! the average small sailboat seems to have a few hundered lbs in the keel
 
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