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Post by yoshie » 21 Mar 2024, 7:18 pm

So I've run out of lead for casting and Northern Smelters has closed/under new ownership. I gave then a call today and they were happy to post me some from NSW. Does anyone in SEQ know where we can source lead for casting? https://www.northernsmelters.com.au/
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Post by on_one_wheel » 21 Mar 2024, 7:58 pm

If your feeling lazy and CBF shopping around It can be gad on Ebay for $10 / kg + postage
Pretty expensive for lead but it's easy.

Scrap yards sell it for a little over scrap value but it's typically dirty and the purity isn't assured.

What was Northern Smelters charging ?
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Post by Blr243 » 21 Mar 2024, 8:30 pm

It’s expensive but I just buy lead flashing from Bunnings , and tin ftom northern smelters
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Post by Oldbloke » 21 Mar 2024, 8:39 pm

Blr243 wrote:It’s expensive but I just buy lead flashing from Bunnings , and tin ftom northern smelters


I've heard that's a common practice.

There are still the tyre joints.
But a lot of zinc ww now.
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Post by deye243 » 21 Mar 2024, 11:04 pm

Blr243 wrote:It’s expensive but I just buy lead flashing from Bunnings , and tin ftom northern smelters

You must have won tats ......last time I looked at it was $150+ a roll and the was about 5kg
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Post by yoshie » 22 Mar 2024, 5:36 am

on_one_wheel wrote:If your feeling lazy and CBF shopping around It can be gad on Ebay for $10 / kg + postage
Pretty expensive for lead but it's easy.

Scrap yards sell it for a little over scrap value but it's typically dirty and the purity isn't assured.

What was Northern Smelters charging ?


I haven't got a quote yet but factoring in freight it's not going to be cost effective. I have a couple of good molds and I was really liking their Hard ball mix. I'll as for a quote today and update.
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Post by Noisydad » 22 Mar 2024, 6:34 am

The last bucket of wheel weights I got from the tyre shop next to my day job was a little less than 50% lead weights and some that was the steel clips from the clip on ones. The rest of the weights were steel, zinc, aluminium and plastic.
Nearly at point of not worth the time to sort wheel weights now.
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Post by SneakyPigeon22 » 22 Mar 2024, 11:37 am

Just keep an eye out for scrap flashing, scuba weights and fishing sinkers on Facebook. It does the rounds. I've seen people give it away for free :)
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Post by bladeracer » 22 Mar 2024, 6:57 pm

deye243 wrote:
Blr243 wrote:It’s expensive but I just buy lead flashing from Bunnings , and tin ftom northern smelters

You must have won tats ......last time I looked at it was $150+ a roll and the was about 5kg


Maybe you were reading the weight per square metre?
Bunnings 9kg for $93.50.
https://www.bunnings.com.au/cagroup-150mm-x-3m-x-20kg-m-1-76mm-lead-sheet_p1106601
20kg $182.50.
https://www.bunnings.com.au/consolidated-alloys-150mm-x-6m-x-20kg-lead-sheet-roll_p1124647
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Post by Blr243 » 22 Mar 2024, 9:03 pm

I had oodles of new lead flashing rolls that I sold off ridiculous ly cheap before I started casting bullets. Kicking myself now that I’m buying rolls
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Post by 6878mm » 30 Mar 2024, 11:14 am

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