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Hey everyone I went to the local tire shop today and had a new set of tires put on the car. I asked the shop forman about WW's. He said he would sell me a 5 gal bucket rounded up full for 60 bucks. Is that a good price?

Also I had the Lyman big dipper casting kit ordered. I got an email its on back order and will be 8 weeks or more before delivery. I canceled the order. I can go to a, well I call it a junk store lol and get a 4 or 5 qt cast iron pot and a hot plate and spend alot less. I wanted the kit because it had a 4 ingot mold and the lyman cast bullet hand book with it. I will go to the book store and get the book and pick up an old muffin pan for my ingot mold.
 

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If you find someone willing to sell you them I say buy it.People are constantly asking us for ours and expecting us to give them away for free.The respectful ones offer to buy and I don't think we have ever charged more than $40 for a 5 gal bucket.
 

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At this time and place, I would pay 60$ for WW if I was short. You should net 70+# from the bucket, that's less than a $ a pound and no shipping charge.
 

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Thanks hes a friend of the family he knows both of my older brothers and they sell as do some other shops around us for 75 to 80 bucks a bucket now and with the lead WW's slowly beig phased out I probablly need to jump on it. He said he has several customers but if I would bring him a bucket he would keep em for me for awhile and he would call everytime he gets a bucket full.
 

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Just in case you didn't know, be careful when you melt them to get the Fe (Iron) and Z (zinc) weights out when they float to the top. The iron won't melt but the zinc will when it gets hot enough. The zinc will keep the bullet metal from filling out the mold completely.
 

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Just in case you didn't know, be careful when you melt them to get the Fe (Iron) and Z (zinc) weights out when they float to the top. The iron won't melt but the zinc will when it gets hot enough. The zinc will keep the bullet metal from filling out the mold completely.
.452dia I didnt know until I came here and started asking questions to help me get on the right track. I really am grateful for all the help and advice everyone is giving me. Thanks for the help.
 

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Last week I was giving around 80lbs of used tape weights. Asked a buddy of mine that's casts his own bullets and said no problem using them. He did say there was some zinc mixed in but mentioned he keeps the temps low enough that the zinc stays solid and floats at the top for skimming. He's casting for me .38 158gr RN and .44 240gr SWC.
 

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A full 5 gal bucket will weigh about 135 pounds average so not a bad price. Now days there are a lot more steel and zinc weights so just sort them out before smelting.
 

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If you get an ALUMINUM muffin pan, made by WILTON (as far as I can tell Wilton is the only one who still makes aluminum pans) it will work perfectly as an ignot mould. Go to wilton.com and look at pans. 3 sizes, mini-muffin, regular and jumbo muffin. They have on-line store and are sold at Wally-World, Target, Hobby Lobby and several other stores...the kicker is they don't live in the regular baking pan section..no no, you got to find the special birthday cake / special baking / birthday party section....that's where you will find them. the alumnium pans work great, Don't get any kind of coated pan...they make some...don't use...get plain aluminum. A cast iron pan will work but steel...coated or not, will solder the lead right into it. Trust me. I've been using the mini-muffin pan as an ignot mould for a brazillion years. Got scared they might stop making them and bought 2 more a few months ago.
Gary
 
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