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Lead for fishing weights FOUND

Discussion in 'Want To Buy Ads' started by cdschoonie, Apr 9, 2021.

  1. cdschoonie

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    Does anyone have or know of a place to buy (cheap), or that gives away lead? This is not for bullets, wheel weights and other scrap lead works fine, I’m just looking for fishing weight quality.
     
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    MEX on lead is about 88c a Lb. I can’t imagine finding too much free stuff out there. Try to call your local recycler and see if they have any to sell
     
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    Shoot me a PM I got a deal for you.
     
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    Maybe your local tire shop can help you out?
     
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    Just curious... how many fishing weights do ya go through that makes ya want to cast yer own? :shocked:
     
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    People always mention local tire shops, but I’ve had no luck. Either they sell to a recycler or somebody already has dibs. Also, tire shops don’t install lead wheel weights anymore that I’m aware of.
     
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    I see a lot of zinc fishing weights these days.
     
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    I was at a bait shop the other day. They said they could buy titanium sinkers cheaper than lead these days.
    I'm pretty sure they meant zinc.
     
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    Walk the on ramps and off ramps especially the ones with rough roads and corners on them.
    You can get many lead wheel weights there.
    I kept myself my dad and his buddies stocked with lead weights.

    You can make a simple sinker mold.

    4x4 post or other wood you may have .. even a tree limb will work.
    Make sure it is dry wood not soaking wet as the hot lead tinsel fairy will visit you if you
    if you pour your hot lead into a wet hole.

    Now just drill holes with a drill bit into the wood.
    Take some copper wire or bailing wire and bend it into a U shape and insert it into the hole.
    legs down and Rounded side up.
    Pour the lead into the hole..
    Let cool.
    Pound the limb on the ground to release the lead sinkers.
    Best to pound the end on a brick and have sinkers fall into the grass or dirt.. Not on concrete as that will
    scuff the wire you need to attach the fishing line to.

    Simple.
    If you get a good piece of wood and it burns in right you can use it over and over.
    I used one piece for over 20 years.
    Had 2 rows of holes and made 20 sinkers at a time.

    You can also use a paddle bit or a step bit.
    I like to sand the holes smooth for easier release.
    Paddle bit will leave a pointy piece of lead at the bottom and to eliminate that just put a screw into the hole.

    Some of the best casting sinkers I have made were from used NO Good brass cases.
    30-06 .308. 357.
    Fill with lead and have the copper or steel wire in it before pouring so you can attach it to the fishing line.
     
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    Used brass with cracked necks is a great idea for smaller weights in the 2-3oz class.:D Great tip!
    Snaggers around here for spoonbill use 6-8 oz weights depending on the size of your rod.
    Lead is expensive now from what I'm hearing.
     
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