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#6160332 - 02/11/12 Who has had good success buying lead scrap through the mail?
StubbleDuck Offline
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Often one can find an assortment of listings on eBay (or similar source) for lead scrap.

Who has purchased lead (for bullet making) this way?

I realize one has to be very careful finding worthwhile quantities of leadin the right mixtures and-or pureties, But have you gotten any static or trouble from the infamous U.S. Mail services?

What kinds of experiences does anyone want to share?

THANKS! smile

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#6160359 - 02/11/12 Re: Who has had good success buying lead scrap through the mail? [Re: StubbleDuck]
old70 Offline
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I've bought about 135 pounds of monotype from a guy, it came in two fixed rate boxes, no problems at all since he reinforced the boxes. The postal carrier asked me to help get them out of the truck, though.

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#6161827 - 02/11/12 Re: Who has had good success buying lead scrap through the mail? [Re: old70]
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Ha ha. Yes, I did a trade with a guy in California who paid me with 50 pounds of wheel weight ingots in a $10 flat rate box. The wee lady mail carrier was not happy. "If it fits, it ships."

Buying ww's in ingot form saves the hassle of melting "raw" ones but is more expensive. Plus one doesn't know for certain that ww's is what you're getting. (Checking the mystery alloy with a brinnell hardness tester will at least tell you if it's in the proper hardness range for ww's which 8 out of 10 times is close enough.)
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#6162180 - 02/11/12 Re: Who has had good success buying lead scrap through the mail? [Re: gnoahhh]
tomme boy Offline
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Very good person to get it from.

The Captian

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#6163695 - 02/12/12 Re: Who has had good success buying lead scrap through the mail? [Re: tomme boy]
blammer Offline
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I've sold, literally, 2 tons, of lead and shipped it through the mail. So, no I've had no real issues.
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#6172601 - 02/14/12 Re: Who has had good success buying lead scrap through the mail? [Re: blammer]
selmer Offline
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I've probably sold just as much as blammer, if not, darned close! Zero problems, properly packed and taped of course.
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#6178616 - 02/15/12 Re: Who has had good success buying lead scrap through the mail? [Re: StubbleDuck]
Ranch13 Offline
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I've bought recycled range lead a time or two, also render wheelweights...
The only problem I've had with the US mail services is our mail lady ain't big enough to handle those 50-70 lb boxes so once they get her loaded up and headed this direction she calls and I meet her at the mailbox so I can unload them for her.
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#6182772 - 02/16/12 Re: Who has had good success buying lead scrap through the mail? [Re: Ranch13]
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I dunno, paying for shipment of lead always seemed counter to my goal of shooting as cheaply as possible. The exception is clean tin for alloying.

I go to local metal salvage shops, tire emporiums, and plumbers for old lead shower pans and roof flue collars. The salvage shops almost never fail to have drumfulls of wws and sometimes lino to pick through. I often find lots of huge ones that must have come off of 18-wheelers. These are really sweet as there's way less clips to mess with.

Even better is when I accumulate a bucket of range-salvage brass and stuff that's reached it's reloading limit. I come away with several lbs of lead for every 1 of brass.

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#6183976 - 02/16/12 Re: Who has had good success buying lead scrap through the mail? [Re: jtcarm]
Ranch13 Offline
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Always wonder the cost of shipping vs cost of gas...
Especially if you have to drive 40 miles one way to get to a town that might have some scrap lead ,, but most likely won't have enough to bother with,, next stop 60 miles further down range 200 miles roundtrip.... I'll gladly pay the 13$ USPS shipping.
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#6234832 - 02/29/12 Re: Who has had good success buying lead scrap through the mail? [Re: Ranch13]
Creeker Offline
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Well Ranch not everyone lives in the middle of no where. Some folk can drive just down the street & find a tire store instead of just more cattle & barb wire. And while I'm at it when exactly was the last time you went anywhere on anything besides a hay burner & you actually went somewhere there were people? whistle



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#6234908 - 02/29/12 Re: Who has had good success buying lead scrap through the mail? [Re: Creeker]
Ranch13 Offline
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eek By Golly lyn I was all the way to Ft. Laramie a week ago last night. Might even make it to Torrington tommorrow, weather and calving cows permittin.... cool
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#6235297 - 02/29/12 Re: Who has had good success buying lead scrap through the mail? [Re: Ranch13]
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Calving getting along ok?
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#6235361 - 02/29/12 Re: Who has had good success buying lead scrap through the mail? [Re: Creeker]
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Yessir, it's cruising along at a pretty good clip. Told the boss the other day that we could brand when she's got all the family here for Easter.... Not real sure she went for it, but it was a suggestion...
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#6236593 - 02/29/12 Re: Who has had good success buying lead scrap through the mail? [Re: Ranch13]
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HEE HEE
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#6286879 - 03/13/12 Re: Who has had good success buying lead scrap through the mail? [Re: Creeker]
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I used to roof for about 12 years. I have quite a collection of very soft plumbing collars,flue flanges, etc.

It's a little dirty with some asphalt tar here and there. But seems to be pure lead.
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#6293390 - 03/15/12 Re: Who has had good success buying lead scrap through the mail? [Re: slumlord]
StubbleDuck Offline
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Thanks everyone who replied/posted on this. (I got busy and forgot about this!).

And "If it fits, it ships!" is a great slogan!! grin wink

I have a source for scrap, altho its not as reliable as it was.

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