lead question

Discussion in 'Terminal Tackle Review' started by Memphis_Catfish_King, Jul 10, 2006.

  1. Memphis_Catfish_King

    Memphis_Catfish_King New Member

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    i came across some old car batteries that were laying behind my barn..no liquid left in them, can the lead be melted down used for weights or is the acid that might be left be too dangerous?
     
  2. metalfisher

    metalfisher New Member

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    Yes there is lead in there. I had the same idea a month or so ago.

    After I demolished the battery with a hammer, I collected everything I thought was lead. However, half of the battery plates are not lead. They are heavy but what material I don't know but it sure don't melt.

    Any way, I took my other dead battery to the recycle station because the amount of lead returned was not worth the effort.

    Robert
     

  3. field989

    field989 New Member

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    yeah there would be two different types of metal....
    because batteries run off of electroplating..(right?)

    well i think particles move from one metal to the other.

    this might be it but i dont know.....
    im not a genious on batteries :)


    Jeff
     
  4. RamRod

    RamRod New Member

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    Shy of snapping off the lead terminals, I have to agree with metalfisher, it's hardly worth the effort involved in getting the lead out for what you get in return.
     
  5. canebreaker

    canebreaker Well-Known Member

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    I carried 4 old batteries out and burned this weekend. I got about a half of cup of lead. Knock the termanils off and melt them down, that's about all the lead you'll get. A lot of wasted time hauling them down, gathering wood and a hot fire to feed.
     
  6. laidbck111

    laidbck111 New Member

    The terminals are about the only thing worth taking from a battery. I get my lead from a couple of tire stores that will let me get it free.
     
  7. SubnetZero

    SubnetZero New Member

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    Not sure if they reuse it or not, But I was think about asking an Indoor Shooting Range .. They got Tons of lead heh.. I know I've left a few hundred rounds there hehe
     
  8. AwShucks

    AwShucks New Member

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    Seems as though I have heard there is a problem with lead from a shooting range... something about the metal jackets in the lead and they melt at about the same temp...can't remember, but I am sure there is others out there that knows the poop on shooting range lead.
     
  9. Tinboat

    Tinboat New Member

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    Range lead will work fine. The jackets float to the top and can be skimmed off. No telling what the mix ratio might be. Certainly not pure lead but will be ok for sinkers or for plinking bullets either.
     
  10. canebreaker

    canebreaker Well-Known Member

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    I melt range bullets. The alum. jackets will melt if you crank your pot up all the way. But not as fast as the lead. Lot of heavy trash. Don't really know what it is. It will melt with extra heat. A thin sheet is harder than lead.
     
  11. blindfly69

    blindfly69 New Member

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    does anybody know where i can find information about making sinkers???
     
  12. catfishjohn

    catfishjohn New Member

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    do a google search and you'll get a million results.
     
  13. ryang

    ryang Well-Known Member

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    There is good info in the library for this also
     
  14. catseeman

    catseeman New Member

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    The Hard stuff is usually tin. the mix it in to harden the lead.