Soft lead wanted

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2frogs posted this 18 December 2021

Looking for soft lead, can't find any in my neck of the woods. Appreciate if you have any to part with. I'm in Pennsylvania..

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Sevenfan posted this 20 December 2021

99.9% pure lead at Rotometals today still $59.99 for 26.2lbs and free shipping for any quantity.

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RicinYakima posted this 18 December 2021

RotoMetals had bricks of nuclear lead, almost pure at a good price last month and free shipping. 

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tlkeizer posted this 20 December 2021

Greetings,

Another source would be leaded rope from fishing nets.  I got some in the past from recovered netting, but you need someplace where commercial fishing allows for use of nets.  What I got was from netting washed up on shore from the ocean, maybe you can get some from the great lakes if you are near them.  If so, check land fills for the nets, cut off the line on the bottom, then take it home to "get the lead out".  I cut the line into 5 foot lengths, made a crude jig to keep the line close to a table saw blade, cut half the rope open and took out the pellets.  I then washed and soaked the pellets 3 times to insure any salt was leeched out.  Nice clean, soft lead.  Make sure the lead is dry before melting for casting.

I used an old fine toothed blade run backwards on my table saw.  My jig was a 2X4 with a notch cut out the size of the rope, and placed the jig over the blade after the blade height was adjusted to cut to the lead, but not through ii or into it.  I secured the 2X4 to the table saw with clamps.  A friend helped with pulling the rope through the jig; I started the rope, and after it came out the other end of the jig he grabbed the rope and gently pulled it.  After the first couple lengths we moved the operation outside my shop due to the rope fibers going everywhere, and placed the saw in an area where we could pick up the lead pellets if they dropped from the rope.

TK

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sergeant69 posted this 18 September 2022

wish the OP was closer. i'm in south tx. i have maybe 1000 lbs i have advertised on a local gun site as i won't ship and no takers except for "i'll come take it off ur hands at below scrap prices". roof jack and x ray, i guess. 

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BJung posted this 18 December 2021

Sorry for blowing the Top Secret. No one wants the lead I get so I get it all. 

Another source is where an X-ray room would be. If you read or hear of a hospital being dismantled, find out who the workmen are. A buddy mine gave me some of his. He had too much. Anyway, the sheets scratch easy so it must be pure lead or close to it..

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BJung posted this 18 December 2021

The best place I can suggest is at an indoor range where air rifles are shot. My range uses a pellet trap.

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2frogs posted this 18 December 2021

Our in door range they collect it themselves. Sort of top secret, classified information. Lol

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mebudman63 posted this 11 September 2022

I know it`s been 9 months but did you ever find your soft lead? i can get a hold of some probably.

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NH_Jim posted this 18 September 2022

I have obtained cheap good quality lead from my local metal recycling center.

Plumbing supply houses always carry good quality lead.

Window and door places will often give you the lead they remove from job sites (old sill plates often had a lead gasket).

Boat yards and yacht clubs also have lead on hand as ballast.  Lead is poured into keels of sailboats.  Tell them it if for your "friends DIY sailboat project". This is a great source because they literally have it by the ton.  I suspect there are not to many sailing clubs in Kansas however!

Avoid wheel weights as most have zinc now.  Avoid battery lead even more as batteries have really problematic trace elements.

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2frogs posted this 18 September 2022

Appreciate the information about the wheel weights.

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muley posted this 18 September 2022

Looking for soft lead, can't find any in my neck of the woods. Appreciate if you have any to part with. I'm in Pennsylvania..
2frogs, I talked to your brother today and gave him my number. I am about 40 miles from you. I have soft lead. Muley

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2frogs posted this 18 September 2022

I don't think you talked to my brother.

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2frogs posted this 19 September 2022

Guess you did. That's funny.tell me what you have and want for it in a private message

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muley posted this 19 September 2022

I am old fashion, don"t how to pm. call my home with your number. I have some sheet lead, maybe as much as 100 lbs.

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