80 Cents per pound.
As of February 2015 the current market spot price for pure lead is 80 cents per pound. Today I bought 300 pounds of scrap wheel weights for 27 cents per pound. I bought it from a tire sales store.
I had difficulty finding a tire store that would actually sell me their scrap lead. All the national chain stores told me that their scrap lead is collected by “corporate”. I believe it’s most likely recycled into new wheel weights and sold again. But this particular store had run an ad on Craigslist wanting to sell their scrap lead. I drove down there and bought it.
This means that I now need only another 700 pounds (four 5 gallon buckets full) to accomplish my goal of placing half a ton of lead into permanent storage to prepare for a future bullet ban or a ban on lead, leading to a skyrocket of bullet prices.
Photo credit: flickr Creativ Commons, Pattern of wheel weights by Thomas Matthews