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Offline Dave Shooter

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Lead pipe
« on: July 09, 2018, 04:26:54 PM »
Gent had lead pipe listed for sale not too far away.  His wife wanted garage cleaned out sooner so he updated to free, and I was lucky enough to be first.

Here it is back of my truck:


Should keep me busy for awhile!
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Re: Lead pipe
« Reply #1 on: July 09, 2018, 06:57:00 PM »
Like a lot of us, always the scrounger!
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Re: Lead pipe
« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2018, 08:38:19 AM »
Hi Dave, nice find!!

I think that lead pipe is pretty pure lead good for making balls and conicals.

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Re: Lead pipe
« Reply #3 on: July 10, 2018, 09:46:16 AM »
That oughta last you a while!
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Re: Lead pipe
« Reply #4 on: July 10, 2018, 11:09:53 AM »
Watch for any joints just in case any sections were soldered together. The solder is of a hard alloy. If you melt a joint with the pipe, you will harden the softer pipe.

Good find. I have scrounged my fair share of the same stuff several times.

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Re: Lead pipe
« Reply #5 on: August 05, 2018, 07:23:19 AM »
Nice score.

I just got back to work from 4 weeks of vacation. Stopped by my old favorite gun shop in Illinois and bought 40 lbs of lead sheets (rolls) for $0.25 / lb. Old timer running the place is slowly selling everything off and wants to get out of the business. Illinois - Cook County has so many BS rules and taxes he's having trouble competing. Has a $0.25 per round bullet tax to deal with.
 
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Re: Lead pipe
« Reply #6 on: August 05, 2018, 09:26:27 AM »
Yup, Illinois is worse than California in some respects. I prefer living in a free country... :)
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Re: Lead pipe
« Reply #7 on: August 05, 2018, 10:18:42 AM »
Yup, Illinois is worse than California in some respects. I prefer living in a free country... :)

I do too. Don't have any of that crap in Missouri.
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Re: Lead pipe
« Reply #8 on: August 05, 2018, 07:12:49 PM »
You're telling me... >:(
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Re: Lead pipe
« Reply #9 on: August 07, 2018, 05:38:59 PM »
Very good score on the lead. I got nearly 300 pounds of lead water pipe from a friend. City was replacing the lead pipe and he got a BUNCH of it. He gave me the last 200 pounds! I found that a limb lopper will easily cut the pipe into whatever size pieces you need for smelting. Still have about 30 pounds to smelt down.

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Re: Lead pipe
« Reply #10 on: August 19, 2018, 12:30:07 PM »
42 pounds recovered so far and I really haven't made a significant dent yet.  Found that I don't have to cut all the way through the pipe.  Just notch it and bend away from the notch; it tears away from the notch, and then a twist yields a manageable section of pipe.  Been using an old rip saw that's missing a few teeth.
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Re: Lead pipe
« Reply #11 on: August 21, 2018, 11:56:08 AM »
Can you save that sawdust (lead dust)? Just a word of caution; you probably already know this. I never put pieces of pipe into the already molten lead. Water has been known to be trapped in the lime deposit on the interior surface. Not a good thing to be anywhere close if that pocket of steam lets loose! Causes a visit from the Tinsel Fairy and very hard to clean up! Not to mention the pain if any gets on your skin.