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11,867.625 Pounds of Lead

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  1. CWL

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    11,867.625 pounds of lead.

    Just did the math into how many pounds of lead I've sent downrange over the years. It's been a lot!

    By my logs, I've fired over 462,000 rounds of various calibers over the decades, mostly .45ACP and 5.56 NATO, but I shoot everything from .22lr up to 12g slugs. Using an average of 180gr weight per bullet, that's:

    180gr = .411oz x 462,000 = 11,867.625 pounds of lead.
    I didn't figure for the metal jacket, but this number is probably low as almost all of my shooting has been 230gr. and I never recorded my first years of shooting.

    Anyone else ever calculate their lead weight?
     
  2. blarby

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    IF YOU FIRED HALF 45 AND HALF 223, YOU'D BE WAY OFF 180GR AVERAGE :d
     
  3. Deaf Smith

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    Ah,.. that explains Global Warming! You unbalanced the world on it's axis!

    Deaf
     
  4. Good Ol' Boy

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    I've never claimed to be a mathematician but my calculator says .411x462,000 = 189,882.

    .411 of an ounce is just under half an ounce, and there are 16oz in a pound right? So the math just doesn't work out as I am reading it.


    Don't mean to rain on your parade as 190k lb of lead downrange is still a heck of a lot.
     
  5. Arkansas Paul

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    I cannot imagine logging how many shots I fire. I commend you sir for your dedication.
    :)
     
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    9,900 lbs of bullets is what i get. 462,000 rounds half 223/45 acp or 150 gr average. More if 180. - 11, 880.
     
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    Your calculation of 189,882 would be a measure of ounces not pounds. Divide that by 16 and you get OP's number of 11,867 Pounds
     
  8. Good Ol' Boy

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    Like I said I never claimed...lol.

    Ok that makes sense. I was reading the OP's number as 11million pounds. I mistook the period for a comma.

    And, I forgot to divide because I was focused on the OP's posted equation.


    Thanks...
     
  9. Bullseye

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    Me too! 11,867.625 ? At first I thought this was 11 million 8 hundred thousand some and didn't see the decimal.
    Superman might be faster than a speeding bullet but all that melted down into one bullet, one heavier than thirty locomotives. I thought that was a lot of shooting for one guy.
    However you have shot enough lead to balance a scale with an African forest elephant on the other end at close to 6 tons. :D
     
  10. 230RN
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    I read it in the millions, too.

    If anyone ever dug out the dirt bank I had for a 100 yard backstop at the old farm, they'd find less than half of the lead put into it.

    I dug out and re-cast the ones I found.

    Of course, all my own shots were confined to nice little one inch holes in the dirt. Made things simple.

    The others were fired by my guests.

    Terry ;)
     
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    No but sounds fun. I also wonder how big the volume of space would be for that much lead.
     
  12. 45_auto

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    Density of lead is .409 pounds per cubic inch, so 11,867.625 pounds of lead would be 11,867.625/.409 = 29,000 cubic inches, which would be a cube just under 31" per side.

    A typical airline carry-on suitcase is usually just over 2000 cubic inches, so it would fit into about 15 carry on suitcases.
     
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    Is anyone else just plain jealous?
     
  14. 230RN
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    A lot of my shooting has been just while wandering around the Forests and Grasslands shooting at targets of opportunity at unmeasured distances... stray rocks, homeless pine cones, rusty cans by firepits and the like. So except for prairie dogs and load testing at my own range, it's been a shot here and a shot there, so I never really kept records.

    There was a period when I was practicing for handgun metallic silhouette matches I'd shoot 50 rounds just about every other day,

    And since I did a lot of bullet recovery and re-casting, I wonder if a "volume" of lead or a shot count would make any sense for me.

    After all, some of those lead atoms must have made four or five trips downrange.

    Hard to tell which, though. You'd have to interview them individually.

    Terry
     
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