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Ham Gunner
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Posted: March 25 2018 at 6:11pm | IP Logged Quote Ham Gunner

Been a while since I found any available clip on wheel weights or any type of wheel weights actually. Most of the large tire shops have contracts with scrap yards around here anymore. Soft lead is more easily found locally.

I guess if I did not already have a good supply, I might try mining the local outdoor ranges. A bit of work, but I would think with a good screen and wheel barrow a strong back with a shovel would give one good results.

But a strong back I do not have anymore.

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Posted: March 25 2018 at 6:18pm | IP Logged Quote richhodg66

I use quite a bit of range salvage. The range I go to now and then I can leave with a five gallon bucket of scrap every time for free. It's mostly FMJ pistol bullets, but that has turned out harder than I'd have guessed.

Another source is to go to your local metal scrapyard. I brought a big tub of scrap brass to ours and asked if rather than cash, they had any lead. Traded and added cash, and left with 70 pounds of ingots from a Lyman mold I'm pretty sure are clip on wheel weights or harder.

For rendering down range scrap, I have an old cast iron Dutch oven and I use wood fire for it. I live on 18 acres of woods and no neighbors so I can do that pretty easily, unlimited fire wood for all intents and purposes.

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Posted: March 26 2018 at 12:58pm | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger

I've flat quit getting wheel weights from ANYONE! Don't
trust em. Too much junk mixed in with the rest.

I salvage from my pistol range as I know what's been shot
there. And if I need special alloy, I save my Green
Stamps and buy certified alloy from RotoMetal. Other than
that I don't even try to hunt up anything. Not worth the
immense amount of aggravation!

Excuse me as I go off grumbling now shaking my head about
W W.

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Posted: March 26 2018 at 4:01pm | IP Logged Quote beerd

After smelting the little bitty wheel weights I got from the tire shop last time I had almost a much weight in clips as I did lead.

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Posted: March 26 2018 at 4:23pm | IP Logged Quote richhodg66

Cheap and even sometimes free lead is out there still, just not quite as easy to get as it used to be.

I am not ashamed to say that I will stop when I see a roofing crew re-roofing a building and ask if they have any lead flashing of roof jacks they're throwing away. Too soft for much besides muzzle loaders, but they're fun to shoot too.

The real trick is you have to be alert for it wherever it might turn up. And I also carry a sieve and bucket every time I go to my public range. I have several buckets I haven't rendered down yet, eventually I will, jut don't need it yet. Been saving the copper jackets, eventually I'll go to that scrap yard and trade them for...more lead.

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