handirifle wrote: Sure you can get lead. I live in CA also. Go to tire shops and they usually have plenty of lead they pull off wheels. They may need to recycle it but most usually will give some. I used to get buckets of it from them. Gun shops might sell it. Dont buy shot, too hard and too expensive, get lead bars. Also check ebay
Don’t want to sound like a killjoy here but please be careful with molten lead, not only is there the obvious burn risk but more importantly the risk of breathing dangerous fumes. Tire weights are likely alloyed but with what metals? Melt lead outdoors and keep your head out of the fumes. By all means please don’t use commercial shot as it has high levels of antimony and may contain arsenic. Melting it releases these agents that help it retain roundness when used as shot. I think most who use shot just weigh out what they want and drop them in the casing and then epoxy it in place with no need to melt the lead.