Making lead ingots for casting 45acp rounds

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  1. carstensxd45

    carstensxd45 XDTalk 500 Member

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    Been casting 45acp rounds for several years, this is the 3rd year that I have been collecting wheel weights and scrap lead, melting them down to ingots for the casting process. Hope you enjoy the vids!!

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6txeBlCKk00&feature=player_detailpage"]Making my lead ingots #1 - YouTube[/ame]

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=h0JutlCBjuY"]Making lead ingots #2 - YouTube[/ame]

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=CnGu5ktJCaY"]Making lead ingots #3 - YouTube[/ame]

    [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=hPKEDvLwLaQ[/ame]

    BTW, the 5 buckets of scrap ended up weighing 460 lbs. Came out to $50.60 from the salvage yard. Made money from the process.:D
     
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    train XDTalk 100 Member

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    Wow, thanks alot. My 45's eat ingots like popcorn. Every time i turn around 20lb pot is empty.
     
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    fredj338 XDTalk 10K Member

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    I just want to know where yo ubuy the ww?!?! Around here, they are pretty much extinct.
     
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    Great vid, now I have some know how, should I ever attempt this for myself.
     
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    buy?! Tire shops around here GIVE them away!!!
     
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    Here in SATX the shops say they can't give them away, that they have to be recycled... wonder if there's any truth to that?

    I'd love to buy a ton of wheel weights and cast my own. :(
     
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    Knightslugger XDTalk 5K Member

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    ask them why, and not the shop idiots, ask the shop owner. Offer your "Recycling Services".
     
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    I believe the tire shops trade the used ww when they buy new ones. That is probably what they call recycling.

    don
     
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    Not the shop here. They give them away if you go ask for them. I have a friend that works at the shop, whenever he fills a 5gal buck he'll take to my house and I'll buy him a 12pk of beer.
     
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    You are one of the lucky ones!

    don
     
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    You guys that are getting them free or cheap, stock it deep. The lead ww will be extinct nationwide in another 2-3yrs. Big truck wts may still be lead, but auto tires, everyone is going steel or zinc. Anytime you hoarders want to get rid of some lead, drop me a note. I have a lot, but always looking for more. I am pretty much reduced to picking up range scrap to pad my supply. Casting is worht it though. I shoot 45acp for little more than 22lr, about $2/50 rds.
     
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    The muffin pan ingots. I must have been doing it longer. My muffin pan is made from cast iron.

    Either way, muffin pan ingots stack/store just great.
     
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    exactly, I stack them inside a 5 gal bucket in the corner, then stack the other bucket on top of that one. I don't go any higher than that.

    I have several customers that I will trade 45acp brass or some loaded ammo for their WW. If you cover a lot of territory, you will come across some, don't give up. Glad the vids were a help.:p
     
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    A slightly better option, if you weld, is get some scrap 3" wide channel iron & cut them in 4" lengths, weld them together edgewise & put a plate on each end. Weld a handle to the middle you have a great adjustable ingot mold. Fill them 1/4, 1/2 or full, makes 1 1/2#-5# ingots. Careful w/ commercial metal muffin pans, you can end up welding the ingot to the pan. Cast iron or steel are best.
     
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    I think in places where there are a lot of pickup trucks and large tractor trailer tire centers that wheel weights are still usable lead. In the cities where most new cars have "stick on" weights on fancy rims they are getting rare.

    Still... there are a lot of battery recycling places around and they process a lot of lead. It may be possible to make some kind of deal with those people. Otherwise, we will have to chip in and buy an interest in a lead mine.
     

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