I'm new to reloading ...so new, that it's all just a pile of money converted to hardware at this point. Hoping to have the bench finished this weekend.
That said, I look forward to casting and making my own bullets ...like later on this year sometime, not as a first task. I was lucky enough to score an agreement with a local place (top secret!) that apparently didn't have anybody else knocking their door down for wheel weight lead. I've got about half a 5-gallon bucket full so far and will go back next week for more.
So 3/4ths of this stuff has road dirt on it and what not. I don't have my Lyman lead casting book yet (sent to wrong address, now resent but not received yet). I'm assuming that the metal clips get fished out of the pot when the lead is melted. Anybody have tricks up their sleeves for how to prepare or clean those dirty lead weights? Wire brush and a bucket of detergent water? What're you guys doing?