How much lead are you guys sitting on?

walterbunning

Administrator
It seems to me like there is no such thing as "too much lead in storage". The stuff is bound to only go up in price and become more and more difficult to find. Lead wheel weights are banned in California where I am, and that makes getting free lead tough. I have around 800 lbs of ingots of various alloy hanging around, and enough tin and antimony to work with when needed. I doubt that I'll ever cast that much myself and I don't have room to store much more. Most of it I got either free or for $1/lb or so. How much do you folks try to keep on hand?
 
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Have about 300 lbs wheel weights in ingots - 80 lbs of liner type - 60 lbs pure lead - btu I have around 100 lbs of assorted cast bullets. Then ther is the 300lbs of unsorted wheel weights and 80lbs of lead wheel weights waiting to be melted down into ingots. I also have 100lbs of zinc in ingot form and 100lbs waiting to be melted down into ingots
 

walterbunning

Administrator
About 700 pounds. It's just not enough. ;)

Highboy
I’m pretty sure that the price of the stuff is going to go nowhere but up. Whenever I find it for a reasonable price, I still buy it. I have a source for range scrap that gets in in my garage in clean ingot form for around $1.15/lb. That material casts well “as is” for my 9mm, .40 and .45ACP with just a bit of extra tin added for fill-out. I should probably get more before that source goes away.
 
I only have about a hundred pounds, but looking to collect until there is around a 1000 in storage. I have a small black hole following me around that sucks up lead. Been around about 50 years now. Black holes are famous for sucking stuff up but since I started casting fishing weights as a child the lead vanishes!
Saludos
Janito
 
It's hard to say, I've been gathering various lead based alloy and pure lead for 30 years as I never did like buying store bought bullets as they just didn't suit me needs. I would probably have to have a set of industrial scales to weight it all as I probably have over 1K lbs. in ingots in Pure, wheel weights, Linotype, Monotype, and small qualities of various other alloys I gathered up all pretty much for free. I also have a couple hundred lbs. of raw metals yet to make into ingots as well as a couple years worth of lead buried in two old oak stump slices that I need to break up and remove all those jacketed and lead bullets from.

I have more bullets cast up than I will probably shoot anytime soon out of all my rifles and pistols so I can sit on my stash till winter as thats when I do the majority of my casting.

One of my ingot making secession back last spring. If I recall I put up about 250 lbs. or something like that for about a half days work. The muffins are range scrap and the other ingots behind that like I'm pouring are wheel weights.
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It's hard to say, I've been gathering various lead based alloy and pure lead for 30 years as I never did like buying store bought bullets as they just didn't suit me needs. I would probably have to have a set of industrial scales to weight it all as I probably have over 1K lbs. in ingots in Pure, wheel weights, Linotype, Monotype, and small qualities of various other alloys I gathered up all pretty much for free. I also have a couple hundred lbs. of raw metals yet to make into ingots as well as a couple years worth of lead buried in two old oak stump slices that I need to break up and remove all those jacketed and lead bullets from.

I have more bullets cast up than I will probably shoot anytime soon out of all my rifles and pistols so I can sit on my stash till winter as thats when I do the majority of my casting.

One of my ingot making secession back last spring. If I recall I put up about 250 lbs. or something like that for about a half days work. The muffins are range scrap and the other ingots behind that like I'm pouring are wheel weights.
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You should send some my way. I’m chancing it this weekend with a sailboat and a chainsaw.
 
I just added another 850lbs, thats a total of 2,100 lbs, give or take, in my stash
There is a method to my madness, for me to cast 10,000 various size bullets i used 300lbs of alloy
2,100lbs will get me 70,000 bullets, 900lbs more to go and i hit my shtf stockpile ability of 100,000 bullets
Call me kookoo
Now see here is my main issue, i dont know where im gonna store it all, i have a spot designated now for lead, and its filling up fast, 900 more pounds is really gonna burst my seams
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AR Precision

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Staff member
I’m pretty sure that the price of the stuff is going to go nowhere but up. Whenever I find it for a reasonable price, I still buy it. I have a source for range scrap that gets in in my garage in clean ingot form for around $1.15/lb. That material casts well “as is” for my 9mm, .40 and .45ACP with just a bit of extra tin added for fill-out. I should probably get more before that source goes away.
I need to start buying it because your right it will one day be very expensive. Get it while its still a good price. I heard the last plant closed in the Obama admin.
 

AR Precision

Moderator
Staff member
I just added another 850lbs, thats a total of 2,100 lbs, give or take, in my stash
There is a method to my madness, for me to cast 10,000 various size bullets i used 300lbs of alloy
2,100lbs will get me 70,000 bullets, 900lbs more to go and i hit my shtf stockpile ability of 100,000 bullets
Call me kookoo
Now see here is my main issue, i dont know where im gonna store it all, i have a spot designated now for lead, and its filling up fast, 900 more pounds is really gonna burst my seams
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You can sure send some of that my way, wow that sure is a stack!!
 
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