- Mar 26, 2005
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I cast as well, but have found as many others discovered that wheel weights these days don't all come in lead. Many are zinc or other materials due to a ban on them in places like California. A buddy of mine brought me a bucket last summer, I would say 1/2 of them were lead. I still mine the berms at my club/shooting range so I have a good supply of lead.A $30 lee mold, a $2 flea market pot, and an old Coleman stove someone gave me and I am good to go for life. Lead is readily available, I collected enough range lead to last me a lifetime but found the local small town garage about 2 miles from me sells wheel weight lead for 25 cents a pound if I get in a pinch.
I picked up my lead at a range they only shoot BP guns at, I used to separate the lead that splattered when it hit the berm(soft) from projectiles that retained their shape (harder wheel weight stuff) but have found with the thick patches that I shoot there is no difference in the accuracy of mixed lead. Of course my 73 year old eyes don't produce stirling results at the range very often.
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