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    Lead Weights

    I have the opportunity to purchase boat lead from a company that dismantles and recycles boats.
    He's selling it at $1.25 per pound and has over 3000 pounds.
    I imagine I'll need to find a way to determine the composition of the lead.

    Is this a good going rate for lead?
    Are there any concerns I should have regarding boat weights?


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    The last bunch of lead I bought came out to $2.20/lb shipped for 50lb each pure and linotype.

    As to the composition, I'd have to imagine it would be close to pure lead.


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    I want to start casting so I'm still pretty new and trying to research as much as I can.

    But it sounds like this might be worth it to pick up a pound or hundred since it's a good price.


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    Itís probably pure lead. Try to scratch it with your fingernail. If you can put a scratch in it, itís pretty pure. Depending on what you are casting, it may not be a good alloy for you. It will probably have a hardness of 4-5 bhn. Wheel weight lead is 12-14. I use that for everything I cast but Iím not casting for really fast cartridges. Just 9mm, 45acp, subsonic 300blk, 38spl. Anything else I reload for, I just buy fmjís because I donít want to get into trying to hardening my lead. If itís pure and youíre into round-ball shooting, buy all you can afford. Then buy a little more.


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    I would only be casting for pistol so 9mm and 45ACP. I think it should be good enough since it would just be for plinking.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bravo1 View Post
    I would only be casting for pistol so 9mm and 45ACP. I think it should be good enough since it would just be for plinking.
    Good luck then.


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    Thanks! I may start with a small 10 pound weight and see how it forms and shoots.
    If it's good quality, then I'll buy more.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bravo1 View Post
    Thanks! I may start with a small 10 pound weight and see how it forms and shoots.
    If it's good quality, then I'll buy more.
    I think youíll have real leading issues with the 9mm especially.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Iron369 View Post
    I think you’ll have real leading issues with the 9mm especially.
    How so? I'm learning so please share any info.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bravo1 View Post
    How so? I'm learning so please share any info.
    Pure lead is really just too soft for such a fast moving projectile.


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