Recycled lead?

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    Regal_US
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    What do people do with the lead in their pellet traps?

    Mine has a couple thousand pellets in it now. I built my own trap using an old wood wine case, 2×4 scrape to hold a 3/8″ plate in place as a back stop, and mastic to catch the pellets. Back stop is essential since with even a moderately powerful and accurate rifle, hole in one accuracy drills through a wooden or thin metal backstop quickly (don’t ask how I know).  The mastic was great at 1st, but now its breaking up with all the pellets embedded in it. Others here have posted about traps using shredded rubber, which in retrospect seems like a better idea; at least the pellets should be easier to collect.

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    Gundog
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    Find someone who casts their own bullets or fishing sinkers in my area an add on a fishing forum or shooting forum would have people wanting the lead.

    Mike

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    bill_dd97
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    “Gundog”Find someone who casts their own bullets or fishing sinkers in my area an add on a fishing forum or shooting forum would have people wanting the lead.

    Mike

    
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    billydjann
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    I am going to melt it and apply to back of my Do – All Bullet Traps (I have six)
    to quite them down when hit with pellet… In past I have been using  old used
    leaded up duct seal from my silent traps I used to use

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    MattChastain
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    I melt lead down and cast round balls for shooting out of the slingshots I make. It works great never used old pellets though. 

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    billydjann
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    I know
    We can all pool  our lead  and make a statue of Ted……  

    😉

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    cahil_2
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    I recast mine into round ball that I shoot out of my flintlocks.

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    Gritz
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    After I sift out all the polymer tips and junk I have been storing it away.  I shoot round balls out of my muzzle loader and have the mold for it.  Just haven’t worked my way through my supply of purchased round balls yet and don’t get a lot of opportunities to cook down lead.  But I’ve got it and I’m sure that it will work well for round balls (pure lead).  Cast bullets need to be hardened a little and probably need tin added while round balls can just go right to work.  If you don’t shoot powder burners then there is probably someone who will take it from you.  Once you get enough of it in a couple coffee cans or something I would put it on Craigslist or find a shooters forum for local pick up.  I’ve seen people on YouTube that mold their own pellets but I think that it would be hard to make pellets that shoot well without some precise equipment and a lot more work than what it is worth to buy in bulk from a store.

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