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Old 10-23-2019, 02:23 PM
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Question What are buyers paying you for lead (Pb)?

What are buyers paying you for lead (Pb)?

I've acquired about 3-400lbs of lead corn muffins (the tray they were cast in ). I'd like to scrap them but the super-convenient scrapyard about 1/8mi away quoted me .22/lb on the phone. Spot a couple days ago was around a buck (US).

There are a couple more 3gals similarly filled (about 1/3) with muffins. EACH bucket is 90lbs! I only weighed 1 so that is an estimate for the other 2. 50lbs of wh. weights and 60 of sinkers, etc...

Sooooo, what are your buyers paying for your lead?
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Old 10-23-2019, 10:04 PM
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My local yard prices...looks like $0.30 a pound.

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Old 10-24-2019, 07:16 AM
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If you were close, we'd definitely be talking about a sale of some sort.

You may be better served to try to sell on one of the reloader forums for bullet casters and see if anyone local wants to do a face to face sale.

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Old 10-25-2019, 10:01 AM
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Yep, sell it to the reloaders or lure makers. Last I checked scrapper was buying at less than .30/#, selling at .80/#. Private market is bringing about $1-1.20/#. It's just a matter of finding someone who's buying.

I get somebody every week calling or asking me about picking up some from the range to cast. It's more headache than it's worth to let them do it. Lots of tiny pieces, lots of rocks, and lots of bending over. The two guys I did let attempt it spent more time taking breaks than actually picking anything up.
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Just for shits and giggles I called our local scrapyard to see what they were paying. They say about $.25/lb. If I had over 250 lbs. or so they'd go to $.28/lb. Pretty cheap, especially since this is in Canadian pennies...
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Old 10-25-2019, 12:58 PM
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Each "corncob" weighs about a pound and there are hundreds. Maybe I'll do a sort and count this weekend and re-bin them into something smaller for easier movement. I haven't had the time to accurately weigh them.

You people confirmed general "buy" pricing is about .25ish. The scrapyard said they might be able to give more if I brought it in but that ain't happening unless I'm leaving it there.

As an aside, how could I tell the content of lead in these without some kind of special meter? I was thinking weigh one, submerge it a graduated beaker noting displacement change (volume), then calculate density from there. Any one have a handy reference I could look at?
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Each "corncob" weighs about a pound and there are hundreds. Maybe I'll do a sort and count this weekend and re-bin them into something smaller for easier movement. I haven't had the time to accurately weigh them.

You people confirmed general "buy" pricing is about .25ish. The scrapyard said they might be able to give more if I brought it in but that ain't happening unless I'm leaving it there.

As an aside, how could I tell the content of lead in these without some kind of special meter? I was thinking weigh one, submerge it a graduated beaker noting displacement change (volume), then calculate density from there. Any one have a handy reference I could look at?
The scrap yard has a tool that can analyze the content.
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So the lead is gone. Final tally of corncobs was about 320lbs. I sold 120lbs of those for $90 (.75/lb).

The remaining corncobs, 68lbs of dive weights, 75lbs of crusty sinkers, 60lbs of wheel weights and 2 ratty burners, molds, etc went for $225/all. I valued the dive weights and sinkers at .50/lb and wheel weights at .25/lb. The melting/smelting burners/molds were a "giveaway" but maybe worth $20-$30 to the right person. To see it all go at once was worth it to get it out of my way.

All-in-all I made about $200 profit off of the lead. Both buyers were going to cast deep-sea fishing sinkers with it...

In the Member's Only Firearms section I outlined the "pencil test" for determining hardness but there is no easy way to see what is "in" the lead.
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This may come in handy:

https://iscrapapp.com/

With coronavirus reducing global scrap demand the coming year should be good for buying and poor for selling.
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