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100lbs of lead,how many bullets?.

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by OleReb, May 4, 2013.

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  1. OleReb

    OleReb Member

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    I have gotten my hands on roughly 100lbs of lead from wheel weights and was wondering if anyone has a rough idea of how many 250g 45lc bullets i could expect to get from casting that amount?. I'm just curious and wont even be starting to do this for a couple months but am curious. Thanks alot for any opinions.
     
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    If your measurement is exactly right, and you use every ounce (or grain, actually) of that lead, 2,800 bullets.

    (7,000 grains to the lb. x 100 lbs, divided by 250 gr. per bullet)
     
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    I don't cast, but there are 7000 grains to a pound. Might give you a ball park figure of the number of bullets
     
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    There are 7000 grains in a pound.

    Just take your number of grains (100 X 7000=700,000) and divide by your bullet weight.

    Good luck!

    Bob
     
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    I do not cast but there is surely waste or skim when you flux. I would thing at least 10% or more.

    If I was lucky enough to get 100 lbs of wheel weights I would take up casting! There are a Haz Mat item here in Florida, so you can't just get them from the local tire places anymore. WalMart parking lot has to many surveillance cameras.:D:uhoh:
     
  6. OleReb

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    Thanks guys,i'm a math idiot. I do A/C for a living and i have some customers that have decided to trade me lead for A/C checkups,works out good for both of us,they own auto shops so its no biggie for them.
     
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    How do you figure the conversion rate? $0.12 pound?
     
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    Nah. You'll lose a little bit if they haven't been smelted (the steel clips). But not even close to 10%.


    You'll be surprised what you can do with a little small-talk and a $20 bill. All the big chain places have a recycling contract, but the small shops usually pay off. I stopped at 5 places last weekend on a fishing trip and scored at 3. ~240lbs of lead wheelweights. $30 spent.
     
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    You'll get roughly 28 bullets per pound.
     
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    You will have some scrap, no doubt. A 5 gallon bucket usually goes about 160 pounds and I get about 100-110 pounds of useable lead out of them.
    You will have steel clips on all of them, and you'll get some zinc and steel weights too. I would guess you'll have 70 pounds of lead or so when you're done.
     
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