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lead recovery

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by capvan, Apr 6, 2010.

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  1. capvan

    capvan Active Member

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    Our club has one field. The backstop is the side of a small mountain, all rock. Last year, just for fun, I dug a 5 gallon pail of the leaf stuff from the base of the rocks. Hard digging. I rinsed the pail of "stuff" and recovered about 16 lb. of shot. Totally unusable for reloading, so I melted it down to cast bullets.

    This field has been used for over 50 years. There must be a LOT of lead out there. Any brillant ideas for recovering it? Like I said, it's all rock with leaf "stuff" at the base.
     
  2. wireguy

    wireguy TS Member

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    I would think shot being largely spherical, would have been washed by rainfall to the bottom of the mountain. You might have a treasure trove under that leaf litter.
     
  3. Auctioneer

    Auctioneer Well-Known Member

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    Burn the leaves off to bear ground.
     
  4. capvan

    capvan Active Member

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    We're talking feets of leaf rot. Very dense and you couldn't burn it if you tried. Can't even penetrate it with a shovel. And lots of granite peeking thru it.
     
  5. locdoc

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    Sounds like Perkinsville. Eh?

    Doug Whiton, P/W dealer/dist
     
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