Jumping Frog wrote:Depends on shipping. If it is USPS Large Flat Rate for $65 total, delivered, then it is an OK, not great price.
The risk you run is whether there are zinc or other non-lead wheelweights mixed in, lowering your yield.
You'll probably net about 35-40 lbs of usable lead alloy after removing the clips and any other trash.
This is an important point so I will boldface it: DO NOT MELT WHEELWEIGHTS IN YOUR NEW RCBS LEAD FURNACE.
The process of converting raw wheelweights or range scrap to usable lead ingots is usually called "smelting" in the bullet casting community, although that is not a technically accurate term to a metalurgist. Wheelweights are filthy and generate a lot of crud that has to be removed from the melt to end up with clean usable lead alloy. Most people recommend this is not done in a production lead furnace.
For example, I use a large stainless steel bowl from Sams Club over an old garage-sale turkey frier to smelt raw materials into usable ingots, then I perform my bullet casting using the clean ingots in my lead pot.
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If I were in your shoes, I think I'd start with purchasing clean ingot alloy from someone first to get used to the hobby. You aren't really equipped yet to take on smelting.
APynckel wrote:I had no intention of melting down, smelting, and making wheel weight ingots from my RCBS. I have a dutch oven I'm going to be using for smelting. I am also aware of the material process differences between smelting and casting.
AndyC wrote:Just for future reference, it would save you a step by buying pre-smelted ingots made from wheelweights like this;
http://www.ebay.com/itm/50-LBS-LEAD-ING ... 6863878%26
AndyC wrote:Welcome to the game, then
APynckel wrote:AndyC wrote:Welcome to the game, then
Danke. I have taken a step off the deep end :)
I have 50 lbs of 100% (well 99.7%) plumbers lead ingots that I'm about to alloy. I have 12 lbs of 30/70 Sb / Pb and 2 lbs of Sn ready for alloying as well. I'm anxious and giddy at the thought of pouring out my fresh ingots.
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